The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

First edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, signed by former President Nixon to Chief White House Usher, Rex Scouten. Thick octavo, 1120pp, foxing to outer leafs, wear and foxing to cloth boards. Stated “first printing” on copyright page. Association copy, signed by the President on bookplate to Chief White House Usher, Rex Scouten. In this association copy, President Nixon says the following: ?Rex Scouten ? with deep appreciation for this friendship and his years of dedicated service to the nation. From Richard Nixon (6/2/78)?

Comments: This association copy is inscribed by President Richard Nixon to chief White House Usher Rex Scouten. Rex Scouten was the Chief Usher under four US Presidents (Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan), then White House curator from 1986 until 1997. Scouten was known to be professional and discrete in his relationships with the nation’s top leaders. He developed a true friendship with the Nixon family, with the Nixon children continuing to write to him even after their father left office.

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

Signed limited edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, inscribed to the previous owners of his Saddle River, New Jersey estate.

Signed limited edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, inscribed to the previous owners of his Saddle River, New Jersey estate.

Octavo, 1119pp. Blue cloth, wear and toning to spine. Publisher’s original cloth slipcase, light wear and sunning to cloth. This is a limited edition printing, signed by President Nixon on front limitation page, with “Number 3” written at the top of the page. Includes an inscription on the dedication page: “To John + Diane Alford, With appreciation for the gracious beauty of our new home in Saddle River. from Richard Nixon. June 27, 1981.” A unique association piece.

After his resignation in 1974, President Nixon returned to his native California and his beachfront estate, called La Casa Pacifica. By 1979, with the publication of his memoirs and his gradual return to public life, Nixon desired to return to the East Coast. He began by purchasing a 12-room condominium on 5th Avenue in New York City, but soon realized that he wanted a place with solitude, which led him to Saddle River, New Jersey. The owners of the estate in Saddle River were John and Diane Alford, the recipients of this book. Nixon surprised them when he arrived on June 5th, 1981 to view their property, making a purchase offer soon after. This book was inscribed to the Alfords just a few days after closing on the house. Nixon would write 10 books in retirement, many at this estate, earning him the nickname “the sage of Saddle River.” The Nixons would live in Saddle River until 1991, when the house was sold to a wealthy Japanese businessman.

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

First edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, signed by former President Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger and George P. Shultz.

First edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, signed by former President Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger and George P. Shultz.

Thick octavo, 1120pp. Stated “first printing” on copyright page. Light foxing to fore edge. Previous ownership inscription on front endpaper. In the publisher’s dust jacket, retail price on front flap, touch of shelf wear, bright illustrations.

Signed by former President Nixon on a bookplate affixed to front free endpaper. Additional signatures by three members of the Nixon administration on half title, including Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Treasury Secretary George P. Shultz and future Secretary of Labor Ann McLaughlin.

Includes laid-in invitation to the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Inauguration of President Nixon in Yorba Linda, California, where the signatures were obtained. The event took place in January 1994, shortly after the death of Pat Nixon and would be one of the final public appearances of former President Richard Nixon.

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

Limited edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon.

Limited edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon.

Octavo, 1120 pp. Blue cloth, wear and toning to spine, some loss of gilt. Publisher’s original slipcase, light wear and toning to open edges of slipcase. This is a limited edition printing, signed by President Nixon on front limitation page.

One of the most controversial memoirs ever written, when Richard Nixon released this book in 1978, it was met with the “Committee to Boycott Nixon’s Memoirs.” Numerous publishers passed on this book until Warner Paperback Library gave Nixon a $2.5M advance on the book. The hardcover rights were sold to Grosset & Dunlap, who published the version of the book for sale here today.

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

Limited edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1978.

Limited edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1978.

Octavo, [xii], 1120pp. Blue cloth, title in gilt on spine, sunning to spine. Publisher’s original slipcase, light wear and toning to open edges of slipcase. This is a limited edition printing, signed by President Nixon on front limitation page.

One of the most controversial memoirs ever written, when Richard Nixon released this book in 1978, it was met with the “Committee to Boycott Nixon’s Memoirs.” Numerous publishers passed on this memoir until Warner Paperback Library gave Nixon a $2.5M advance on the book. The hardcover rights were sold to Grosset & Dunlap, who published the version of the book for sale here today.

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

The Memoirs of Richard NIxon, signed limited edition. Additonal inscription by Preisdent Nixon.

Octavo, xi, 1120pp, gilt lettering on spine. All edges gilt. Silk endpapers. Sewn-in silk bookmark. This book is a limited edition copy of 2500 signed by President Nixon on the limitation page, this being number 38 of 2500. Includes additional gift inscription from President Richard Nixon to “Carol, Ruth + Shep, With best wishes from Richard Nixon. 12-20-78.” This book was gifted to Robert Abplanalp, the engineer who invented the aerosol spray valve, founder of Precision Valve Corporation and a member of Nixon’s small group of personal friends. Includes laid-in document noting provenance.

Comments: Along with Charles G. “Bebe” Rebozo, Robert Abplanalp provided President Nixon with his Key Biscane hideaway, allowing the President to escape the pressures of Washington. Mr. Abplanalp described his contribution to the Nixon presidency as “My Job was to tell a couple of small jokes.” He continued to be a valued advisor after the resignation of President Nixon, accompanying him on Air Force One back to California in 1974.

The Memoirs Of Richard Nixon

Rose Mary Woods personal copy of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, signed by President Richard Nixon. Thick octavo, 1120pp. Blue leather, decorative gilt title with raised bands on spine. All edges gilt. Silk end papers with sewn-in silk bookmark. Signed by President Richard Nixon on the limitation page, this being number 49 of 2500 copies for distribution. Laid-in document from Grosset & Dunlap noting that this copy (#49) was issued to Rosemary Woods. A fine copy with a unique historical association.

Comments: Rose Mary Woods was the personal secretary for President Richard Nixon from his time in Congress, through the vice presidency and into his presidency. She emerged on the national stage during the Watergate scandal when gaps were discovered in the White House tapes. She demonstrated how an erasure like this could happen by stretching from one side of her desk to another. This maneuver became known as the Rose Mary Stretch and was met with skepticism. After his resignation, she followed President Nixon to California, but returned to Washington to work on Capitol Hill. She passed away in 2005 and a memorial service was held at the Nixon Presidential Library.

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

First edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, inscribed by former President Nixon to Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., his Commander-in-Chief of Pacific Forces during the Vietnam War.

First edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, inscribed by former President Nixon to Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., his Commander-in-Chief of Pacific Forces during the Vietnam War.

Thick octavo, [xii], 1120pp. Blue cloth, title in gilt on spine. Stated “first printing” on copyright page. Light wear from handling, free of any marks or notations. Laid in newspaper clipping, offsetting to endpapers. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $19.95 on front flap, light shelf wear, bright colors, very good example. Inscribed on the half-title: “To Admiral John S. McCain Jr. / With deep appreciation for his friendship and his years of superb service to the nation. / from Richard Nixon / 5-26-78.” An exceptional association copy.

In the story of the McCains we see the greatness of America. …men who have devoted their lives to this country… so that America could play its role of being the guardian of peace in the world. – Comments by President Nixon at the retirement ceremony of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., September 1972. Admiral John McCain (1911-1981) served in the United States Navy for 45 years. He was the son of Admiral John S. McCain, Sr., a four-star admiral who commanded South Pacific aircraft operations in World War II, and the father of Senator John McCain. During the Vietnam War, Admiral McCain was Commander-in-Chief of all U.S. forces in the Vietnam theater and an ardent supporter of the Vietnamization policy of President Nixon. McCain retired in 1972 and died of a heart attack in 1981. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, inscribed by the author to his Secretary of Commerce, Frederick B. Dent.

Thick octavo, 1120pp. Blue cloth, title in gilt on spine. Stated “first printing” on copyright page. Sunning along lower edge of cloth, faint foxing to leaf edges, solid text block. In the publisher’s near fine dust jacket, $19.95 on front flap, faint shelf wear, bright illustrations. This volume is signed by President Richard Nixon on the half-title: “To Secretary Fred Dent, With deep appreciation for his loyal friendship and his dedicated service to the nation / from Richard Nixon / 5-12-78.” An exceptional association copy to a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Frederick B. Dent (1922-2019) was a textile manufacturer, and he served as Secretary of Commerce from 1973-1975, bridging the Nixon and Ford administrations. Secretary Dent was an ardent supporter of President Nixon throughout the Watergate Scandal, traveling the country to promote the economic agenda of the president. In 1975, President Ford appointed Dent United States trade representative, with cabinet and ambassadorial rank. After his time in the Ford administration, Dent returned to the private sector and died in 2019.

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

Octavo, 1120 pp, limited edition printing, slipcase in near fine condition, original cloth. Inscribed by President Nixon on the front leaf.
Comments: One of the most controversial memoirs ever written, when Richard Nixon released this book in 1978, it was met with ?The Committee to Boycott Nixon?s Memoirs.? Numerous publishers passed on this book until Warner Paperback Library gave Nixon a $2.5M advance on the book. The hardcover rights were sold to Grosset & Dunlap, who published the version of the book for sale here today.

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

Octavo, 1120 pp. Blue cloth. Publishers original slipcase, very good, with light toning to edges. This is a limited edition printing, signed by President Nixon on front limitation page.
Comments: One of the most controversial memoirs ever written, when Richard Nixon released this book in 1978, it was met with ?The Committee to Boycott Nixon?s Memoirs.? Numerous publishers passed on this book until Warner Paperback Library gave Nixon a $2.5M advance on the book. The hardcover rights were sold to Grosset & Dunlap, who published the version of the book for sale here today.

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

First edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, inscribed by Richard Nixon to the family of Diane Sawyer.

First edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, inscribed by Richard Nixon to the family of Diane Sawyer.

Thick octavo, 1120pp. Stated “second printing” on copyright page. Light foxing to outer edge of text block, free of any marks or notations. In publisher’s dust jacket, $19.95 on front flap, touch of shelf wear, otherwise bright illustrations.

Inscribed on the half-title to Diane Sawyer’s grandmother: “To Nora Dunagan, With appreciation for the outstanding contribution of her granddaughter Dianne [sic] – to this volume. From Richard Nixon.”

In 1970, Diane Sawyer moved to Washington DC to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. She interviewed with Jerry Warren, White House deputy press secretary, and was hired to help draft presidential statements. She eventually rose to become a staff assistant to President Nixon, and followed him to California after his resignation in 1974. She helped him write his memoirs, which were published in 1978. Sawyer’s grandmother, Nora Belle Dunagan, died in 1982. This book is from her estate.

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

First edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, signed by former President Richard Nixon to a member of the administration.

First edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, signed by former President Richard Nixon to a member of the administration.

Thick octavo, 1120pp. Stated “first printing” on copyright page. Previous ownership inscription on front endpaper. Rubbing along bottom edge of text block. In the publisher’s dust jacket, retail price on front flap, touch of shelf wear, short closed tears along top edge, bright illustrations. Inscribed on the half-title: “To Doris Jones / With appreciation for her years of service to the nation. From Richard Nixon / 2-15-79.”

Doris J. Jones was the longtime Executive Assistant to Robert H. Finch, who served as the the 8th United States Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (1969-1970), Counselor to President Nixon (1970-1972), and Lt. Governor of California under Ronald Reagan.

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

Octavo, 1120 pp. Blue cloth. Publishers original slipcase, near fine. This is a limited edition printing, signed by President Nixon on front limitation page.
Comments: One of the most controversial memoirs ever written, when Richard Nixon released this book in 1978, it was met with ?The Committee to Boycott Nixon?s Memoirs.? Numerous publishers passed on this book until Warner Paperback Library gave Nixon a $2.5M advance on the book. The hardcover rights were sold to Grosset & Dunlap, who published the version of the book for sale here today.

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

Signed limited edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon.

Octavo, 1120pp, blue leather bindings with gilt lettering on spine. Shelfwear on front and rear covers, light toning of leather. Silk endpapers with gilt leaf ends. This book is a limited edition of 2500 signed copies, this being number 296. Double inscription.

Book is also signed on the front endpaper by President Nixon, on bookplate, with inscription that reads: “…With deep appreciation for his friendship, from Richard Nixon / 6-7-78”