PROFILES IN COURAGE.

New York: Harper & Brothers, [1956]. xix,266pp. With John F. Kennedy's Senate calling card laid in. Original blue cloth boards and black cloth spine, gilt. Slight shelf wear and rubbing. Presentation inscription on front fly leaf (see below). Very good. With dust jacket (with minor conservation and restoration along upper and lower edges). In a half morocco and cloth clamshell case, spine gilt. Item #WRCAM57716

Presentation copy of an early printing of this famous work, which won Kennedy the Pulitzer Prize. This copy is inscribed on the front free endpaper in Kennedy's hand, "To Hon. John Monagan - with very highest regards John Kennedy - Waterbury - Sept. 1956." John S. Monagan (1911-2005) was a lawyer and Democratic politician from Connecticut. He was mayor of Waterbury, and represented Connecticut in the United States House from 1959 to 1973. In a 1966 oral history interview for the John F. Kennedy Library, Monagan remarked that the first time he met Kennedy was in Waterbury in 1956 (though he mistakenly gave the date as 1954) when then-Senator Kennedy spoke at the Waterbury Library. Monagan mentioned that he brought the present copy of PROFILES IN COURAGE to that meeting, where it was inscribed by Kennedy. Monagan was a delegate to the 1960 Democratic convention, and supported Kennedy's nomination.

The first edition of PROFILES IN COURAGE was published by Harper & Brothers in December, 1955, and became a bestseller, quickly going into additional printings, beginning in January, 1956. The present copy was part of a printing of April, 1956, just a few months after its initial publication. Kennedy won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography for the book in 1957, though it is widely acknowledged that most of the work was done by Kennedy's longtime aide, Theodore Sorenson.
John Monagan, Oral History Interview with John F. Stewart for the John F. Kennedy Library, August 3, 1966, pp.1-2.

Price: $10,000.00