Item #JFK010 Profiles in Courage, Decisive Moments in the Lives of Celebrated Americans. John F. Kennedy.

Profiles in Courage, Decisive Moments in the Lives of Celebrated Americans

Price: $5,500.00

Hard Cover. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.

First edition, early printing (no first edition statement on copyright page, with Harper code "c-g" that corresponds to March 1957). Signed and inscribed by Kennedy on front free endpaper. From the Robert L. White collection. Publisher's black cloth-backed blue paper-covered boards, with spine lettered in gilt; in its original red, white, and blue dust jacket with $3.50 price, designed by Phil Grushkin. Good book, with a circular spot of staining to bottom left of front board, some light soiling to spine, bright gilt, a few light marks to rear board, some rubbing to edges of boards, corners worn to boards, and a light bump to fore edge of front board; very good unclipped dust jacket, with some fading to spine, very bright front panel, shallow chipping to spine ends, a few small closed tears to panel edges, some very light spotting to panels, and a tiny area of light staining to rear fold of spine. Overall, a solid, internally clean copy, inscribed by the 35th president of the United States. Profiles in Courage is a collection of short biographical sketches of "decisive moments in the lives of celebrated Americans" and the winner of the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. In this text, Kennedy, then a Senator of Massachusetts, provides a history of Senators who defied the opinions of their political parties during moments of important historical decision. Specifically, he discusses Quincy Adams' departure from the Federalist Party, Daniel Webster's support of the Compromise of 1850, and Sam Houston's denouncement of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, among others. Item #JFK010