Mr. Citizen

The Author's Edition of Mr. Citizen, inscribed to Senator Wayne Morse by Harry Truman.

The Author’s Edition of Mr. Citizen, inscribed to Senator Wayne Morse by Harry Truman.

Octavo, 315pp. Brown morocco spine, title in gilt on spine over black label. Light wear to label on spine. Top edge pink. In publishers slipcase, photographic label on side, light shelf wear. (Burns, 0017) This is the Author’s Edition of Mr. Citizen, which was specially produced by Doubleday for the personal use of President Truman. Inscribed to Senator Wayne Morse on the half title: “To Honorable Wayne Morse with admiration and affectionate regards from one who considers him the greatest of public servants to the people of this republic. Harry Truman. Independence. Sept. 20, 1960. Wayne, you know how I feel and it has been demonstrated! HST.”

Comments: This limited edition set is inscribed to Senator Wayne Morse, an Oregon politician and attorney. He began his career as a democrat, but after the election of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, he became an independent, often caucusing with the democrats. He ran for the democratic nomination for president in 1960, but lost to John F. Kennedy. He was a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, one of two Senators who opposed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. He lost reelection in 1968.

Mr. Citizen

The Author’s Limited Edition of Mr. Citizen, signed by President Harry S. Truman.

Octavo, 315pp, gilt title on spine, quarter brown morocco with pattered boards, marbled end papers. Maroon top edge. Gilt “Author’s Edition” on front cover, with gilt signature. In publisher’s slipcase with portrait of Truman on side, mild toning. Limited edition of 100 copies signed by President Truman. This copy is inscribed: “To Jerry T. Duggan, from Harry Truman. Kindest Regards. Independence, Feb. 7, 1961.”

This limited edition of 100 copies was specially printed for former President Harry S. Truman, for presentation to supporters. This edition should not be confused with the Limited Edition of 1000 copies that was produced at the same time for public distribution.

Mr. Citizen

Limited edition of Mr. Citizen, signed by Harry S. Truman.

Octavo, 315pp, gilt title, marbled end papers, maroon cloth covering. Publishers acetate protector, some loss to front panel along bottom edge. Slipcase with portrait of author, in near fine condition. Signed limited edition of 1000 copies signed by President Truman, this being number 553.

Mr. Citizen [Signed Limitation Page]

Mr Citizen by Harry Truman. Limited edition, signed copy.

This is a single loose-leaf page from Mr. Citizen by President Harry Truman. It is the signed limitation page, not numbered, from a limited edition of 1000 copies.
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Mr. Citizen

Limited edition of Mr. Citizen, signed by former President Harry S. Truman. Octavo, 315pp, gilt title, marbled end papers, maroon cloth covering. Original acetate protector. Lacking slipcase. Previous owners bookplate on front end paper. Limited edition of 1000 copies signed by President Truman, this being number 146.

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Mr. Citizen

Limited edition of Mr. Citizen, signed by President Harry S. Truman.

Signed limited edition of Mr. Citizen by President Harry S. Truman. 

Octavo, 315pp. Title in gilt on spine, marbled end papers, maroon cloth covers. Publisher’s acetate dust jacket, in fine condition. In the publisher’s slipcase, touch of wear along top edge, otherwise fine. Signed limited edition of 1000 copies signed by President Truman, this being number 461.

 

The Concerns of a Citizen – Governor of Michigan

The Concerns of a Citizen, signed by George Romney.

Octavo, 288pp. Blue cloth, title in gilt on spine. First edition with no additional printings noted on copyright page. Blue end papers. In publishers dust jacket, $5.95 on front flap, light wear at edges, bright colors, shelf wear on front panel. Inscribed by Governor Romney: “To _, One of the things that made my candidacy effort worthwhile was getting to know you and your delightful children. Lenore and I will always cherish memories of our efforts! George Romney.”
Comments: George Romney served as the Governor of Michigan from 1963-1969. He ran as a moderate republican in 1968, but lost the nomination to Richard Nixon. His son, Mitt Romney, was the republican candidate for President of the United States in 2012.

The Man Who Knew Coolidge – Being The Soul Of Lowell Schmaltz, Constructive And Nordic Citizen

The first edition of The Man Who Knew Coolidge by Sinclair Lewis, in the first state dust jacket.

The first edition of The Man Who Knew Coolidge by Sinclair Lewis, in the first state dust jacket.

Octavo, [10]-275pp. Blue cloth, title stamped in orange. No additional printings on copyright page. Light dust along top edge of text block. Publisher’s dust jacket, with $2.00 price on front flap, light toning to white borders, professional repair to top edge of spine, bright illustrations. An attractive example.

Comments: A satirical novel by Sinclair Lewis, it is the follow-up to Elmer Gantry. It was first published in The American Mercury in 1927.

I Led 3 Lives – Citizen “Communist” Counterspy

Signed first edition of I Led 3 Lives by Herbert A. Philbrick. Octavo, 398pp. Original black cloth. First edition with no additional printings on copyright page. In publishers dust jacket, $3.50 on front flap, some wear at edges, chipping along top edge of back panel, bright colors. Signed on the front endpaper in blue ink.

Comments: Herbert Philbrick infiltrated the U.S. communist party for the FBI in the 1940’s and wrote about his experiences in this book. The book inspired a television drama series in the 1950s, staring Richard Carlson.

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Presidential Limited Editions

The surest way to guarantee you’re getting an authentic signed copy of a presidential book is to seek out a limited edition printing. At first glance, you’ll come across material from Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Richard Nixon, who were prolific signers during and after their presidency.

Its common to find a signed limited edition from President Nixon, number XX of 2500. But when you’ve been researching this field for many years, you’ll realize that unique limited edition items do exist. Here are some examples that got us excited when we came across them.

  • Mr. Citizen by President Harry Truman. This signed book can be found on the market in a limited edition of 1000 copies, but this edition here was held back for the author. Only 100 were printed for Mr. Truman.
  • That Shining Hour by Patricia Kennedy Lawford. This unassuming book was produced for members of the Kennedy Family and supporters shortly after the death of Robert Kennedy. Most are signed by a member of the Kennedy family but unsigned, they are still a unique presidential item.
  • Read My Lips: No New Taxes by Dan Ostrander. This book, which details the 1990 budget deal, was published in limited edition form by Butte College Press in 1990. There were 175 signed copies of the clothbound edition, signed by President Bush. An additional 26 copies, bound in leather, were produced as gifts for the publishers. This was a surprise after years of collecting George Bush limited editions.
  • Address of the President at the Opening of the Conference on the Japanese Peace Treaty by Harry Truman. This limited edition of 60 copies was bound by the Government Printing Office as Christmas Gifts for President Truman. These have occasionally surfaced on the market, but are rare, to say the least.
  • Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy. Published as a gift for family and political allies, 100 copies of President Kennedy’s important inaugural addresses were printed and signed. One of the most unique limited editions available on the market.

 

 

Midway: The Battle that doomed Japan – The Japanese Navy’s Story

Octavo, xxiv, 266pp. Red cloth, title printed in yellow on spine and cover. Illustrated endpapers with maps of South Pacific naval operations. Stated “fourth printing” on copyright page. Publishers dust jacket, near fine, with $4.50 price on front flap, illustrated on both sides of dust jacket, small nicks along edges, light toning to spine, shelf wear along top edge of front panel. Inscribed on dedication page: “To Mr. + Mrs. Stanley Kresge. Courtesy of Sky Pilots of America.” Additional signature by Japanese flyer, Mitsuo Fuchida, on slip affixed to dedication page.

Comments: Mitsuo Fuchida was a notorious Japanese flying ace, who commanded the air attack against Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. After the war, he converted to Christianity and become a United States citizen.

On Our Way

Publishers dummy copy of On Our Way by President Franklin Roosevelt. This is the only known copy that contains the scarce dust jacket.

Publisher’s dummy copy of On Our Way by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Octavo, 11pp, [unpaginated blanks]. Blue cloth, title in gilt on spine, signature of author in gilt on front panel. Copyright page dated 1934, lacking publishers device found in first trade edition. Red top stain. Contains “Chapter VII” of the forthcoming book, with multiple pages of subscription blanks. In publishers “dummy copy” dust jacket, with $2.50 on front flap, light chipping at edges and toning to spine. Dust jacket differs from trade edition with blurb on front flap noting: “The most significant book of the year,” which was later changed to “This book by the President of the United States is required reading for every citizen.” This edition is not listed in Halter. The only known copy with the scarce dust jacket

Provenance: Originally sold by Swann Auctions in 1952 to Mr. Frederick B. Adams Jr, the director of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City and respected bibliophile. Includes sales receipt from The Rosenbach Company in 1952 and letter from Jacob Blanck to Mr. Fred Adams with commentary about first edition points.

The Cincinnati Directory – Contains Names, Profession and Occupation of the Inhabitants of the town, Alphabetically Arranged; with The Number Of The Buildings Occupied by Each. Also, An Account of Its Officers, Population, Institutions And Societies, Public Buildings, Manufactures.

First edition of The Cincinnati Directory, published in 1819. Twelvemo, [x]11-156. Original publishers leather binding, gilt bands on spine, title rubbed off, some cracking to spine. Missing map on front endpaper. Paper is toned. Includes almanac for 1820.

The Cincinnati Union Terminal

Octavo, light brown calf, gilt title on cover. 100s of black and white illustration of Union Terminal. Rebound copy in leather local Cincinnati citizen. An attractive copy.
Comments: An interesting piece of Cincinnati history in an attractive presentation.

The Vantage Point

First edition of The Vantage Point by President Lyndon B. Johnson, inscribed to Governor George Romney, just days before Johnson's death.

First edition of The Vantage Point by President Lyndon B. Johnson, inscribed to Governor George Romney, just days before Johnson’s death.

Octavo, x, [2], 636pp. Red cloth, title printed on spine over blue print. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. Remnants of tape on copyright page, title page and front endpaper. Two folded pages (204-5), possibly an error by the publisher. In publisher’s first state dust jacket, $15.00 on front flap, faint toning to spine. Some separation of glassine cover along top edge, which is common with this dust jacket. The book is inscribed: “For Governor George Romney, Whose concern for his fellowman excites me. With admiration & respect, Lyndon B. Johnson. LBJ Ranch. Jan. 9, 1973.” Also includes two paragraphs of notes by George Romney, detailing his meeting with Lyndon Johnson in 1973.

At this point in his career, former Governor George Romney was serving as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for President Richard Nixon, but with Nixon winning a second term, Romney had decided to resign.

The following are the notes from Governor George Romney regarding his January 9th, 1973 meeting with President Johnson at the LBJ Ranch. Notes are written opposite the title page: “Flying from L.B.J. Ranch to Dallas. / President Johnson visited with me for three hours. He indicated the largest amount of legislation in history, passed by a single Pres. (passed by him) was as a result of crisis. He indicated that even though he had support of most groups, it took a crisis to get action. This included the open housing legislation passed following Martin Luther King’s assassination. Three weeks before he had refused the request of all Civil Rights leaders to issue an open housing executive order and told Clarence Mitchell it would take ten years to get such legislation. / Pres. Johnson said when I talked about basic reform being dependent on a crisis he almost interrupted to say ‘amen.’ The Concerned Citizen Movement I outlined he described as being as being [sic] ‘right on target.’ He gave me names and was willing to advise on the organizing leadership group. / In describing his problems as President he said his greatest problem was communication. That Nixon was better – deserved an A – compared to D for him – but that Nixon is now in trouble. / Of great interest was his account of almost withdrawing from re-nomination a day before the 1964 Convention and Lady Bird’s letter to him while in a Nat. Security Meeting. George Romney.” 

Full Text of George Romney inscription.