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#85 - John and Jacqueline Kennedy Estimate: $1,000+

JFK’s 1962 Christmas gift to his executive staff—a limited edition copy of The White House: A Historic Guide

Signed book: The White House: A Historic Guide. Special limited edition numbered 22a/75 copies. Washington, DC: White House Historical Association, 1962. Red leather hardcover gilt-stamped with the recipient's initials, "DEB," 7.25 x 10.5, 129 pages. Signed and inscribed on the colophon as president, "For David Bell, with warm personal regards—John Kennedy, Christmas 1962," and as first lady, "Jacqueline Kennedy." Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG-/None, with heavy edgewear and cracked joints along the spine, and some rubbing to boards.

President Kennedy originally named Bell as his budget director, but in December 1962 appointed him as director of the Agency for International Development. On December 12 of that year, President and Mrs. Kennedy hosted their official Christmas party, during which the couple presented members of the Kennedy administration with these red leatherbound copies of the Executive Mansion's story, the publication of which was overseen by Mrs. Kennedy as part of her restoration and preservation of the White House. A wonderful link to the era of Camelot and one of the first lady's most memorable contributions.

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