The Times of My Life by Betty Ford, inscribed to Sammy Davis, Jr. Octavo, xi, 305pp. Gilt title on spine. Beige cloth, title in gilt on spine. First edition, first printing, with full number line on copyright page. Red end papers. Publishers dust jacket, price clipped, near fine with vibrant illustrations, closed tear on back panel. Inscribed on front free end paper by first lady Betty Ford to music legend Sammy Davis Jr. and his wife. Inscription reads: To Altovise and Sammy, You have given so much to so many and I am fortunate to have the privilege of knowing you both – Thank you for everything – You’re both super – with affection, Betty Ford. July 9 – 79.”
Comments: Sammy Davis Jr. was an American signer, musician and member of the notorious Rat Pack. He was a frequent visitor to the White House, being the first African American to be invited to sleep over during the Nixon Administration. Altovise was his third wife and passed away in 2009.