The Making of the President by Theodore H. White, inscribed to fellow Pulitzer Prize-winning author, the conservative columnist William Safire.
Octavo, [four volumes]. All in three quarter red morocco with cloth boards, title and date in gilt on spine, decorative raised bands with gilt-ruled compartments. All first editions, first printings, except Volume I, which is a sixth printing. All with top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Binding by Maurin. All four volumes with solid text blocks, free of any notable wear or damage. Three of the four books from the Safire Library are inscribed by Theodore H. White, comprising the following: The Making of the President 1960, inscribed – “For Bill Safire, A master of the art of politics, and good friend of this weary reporter, Teddy White. Theodore H. White, November, 1968.”; The Making of the President 1964, with laid-in letter from White to Safire discussing Jewish names and the Nixon administration; The Making of the President 1968, inscribed – “For Bill Safire, – wit and philosopher, phrase-maker and historian, scholar and good friend, – gratefully, Teddy White.”; and finally, The Making of the President 1972, inscribed “For Bill Safire – whom I have shamelessly plagiarized – with affection and respect – Teddy White.” All from the private collection of William Safire, sold at Doyle Auctions in 2021.
William Safire (1929-2009) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist for The New York Times. He was a frequent guest on Meet The Press, describing himself as the voice of “libertarian conservatives.” Before joining The New York Times, Safire served as a presidential speechwriter for President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew. Theodore H. White (1915-1986) won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for The Making of the President 1960. He continued on the series until his death in 1986.