Slemp | C. Bascom [Calvin Coolidge]

The Mind of the President

First Edition | First Printing



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Inscribed by President Calvin Coolidge, the first edition of The Mind of the President by his Private Secretary, C. Bascom Slemp.

Octavo, [10], 357pp. Blue cloth, title stamped in gilt on spine. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. Business card previously affixed to first 3 leaves, leaving rust mark. Light spotting to endpapers, wear to blue cloth.

Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “To Mrs. _ Knuty, with best wishes, Calvin Coolidge.” An exceptionally rare signed book from President Calvin Coolidge.

C. Bascom Slemp (1870-1943) served as the presidential secretary to President Calvin Coolidge, equivalent to the modern day White House Chief of Staff, from 1923-1925. Prior to joining the administration, he represented the 9th congressional district of Virginia from 1907-1923, six consecutive terms. Shortly after leaving the Coolidge administration, Slemp wrote this reveling biography of President Coolidge, noting that “in dealing with public or political questions, President Coolidge has political intuition, almost psychic. One cannot see, touch or hear a political tide, but he can feel it.”

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Garden City


Doubleday, Page & Company


First Edition, First Printing

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Very Good


Slemp | C. Bascom [Calvin Coolidge]


[Calvin Coolidge]

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