Limited edition of The White House: An Historic Guide, inscribed by First Lady Jackie Kennedy to Jane Engelhard, philanthropist and benefactor of the White House restoration project.
Octavo, 129pp, . Publisher’s green leather, title in gilt on spine, double gilt-ruled border on covers. Marbled endpapers. Shelf wear to spine and tips. Fully illustrated with color photographs. From a limited edition of 100 copies, this being number 9. Signed by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on a White House notecard affixed to front pastedown endpaper.
Inscription reads: “Dear Jane – At last our guidebook is a reality! – and I can never thank you enough for all you did to make it possible. – Jackie.”
This limited edition is one of two limited editions of The White House Guide printed during the Kennedy administration. This limited edition of 100 copies is typically bound in green leather. The second edition of 75 copies is bound in red leather. They were produced by the Government Printing Office as gifts for intimates of President Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy.
The recipient of this book, Jane Engelhard (1917-2004) was a wealthy philanthropist and benefactor of the White House restoration undertaken by First Lady Jackie Kennedy. Mrs. Engelhard was the wife of industrialist Charles Engelhard, Jr. The Engelhards were active in Democratic politics, but due to their philanthropy, they maintained close relations with future presidents of both political parties.