AS WE REMEMBER JOE

Price: 1,850.00 USD

(Cambridge: Privately Printed, designed and printed at the University Press, 1945 [1965]), SCARCE, AND ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN JOHN F. KENNEDY RELATED BOOKS AND WITH VERY EARLY PUBLISHED WRITINGS BY THE FUTURE PRESIDENT. Privately printed and limited, the work is known in two issue states. This is the second but probably scarcer state with the title page printed in black only. It is estimated that there were roughly 250 copies printed of this issue. For the first issue 500 copies in total was given as the official printing record, however it is believed that the actual print count was only 360, thus making the second issue the less common of the two. AS WE REMEMBER JOE was privately printed by the Kennedy family as a memorial to Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., John F.'s elder brother who was killed in action during World War II. It was to provide a remembrance for family, friends and a few important associates. In content, the book is a collection of essays or writings by various persons concerning Joe Kennedy. It was only John Kennedy's second book (after WHY ENGLAND SLEPT in 1940) and it includes a forward by him and his very touching essay, MY BROTHER JOE. With the death of Joe Kennedy in 1944 his brother John F. Kennedy assumed the responsibilities and stature expected of an eldest son in the Kennedy family. This change in family position no doubt affected him for the rest of his life, greatly influencing his career in public service and leading 15 years later to the White House. Scarce First and Limited Edition of the second issue, one of 250 only, with the title page printed entirely in black. This issue was privately printed for Robert Kennedy with most copies being distributed by him personally. Extensively illustrated with black and white photographs, printed reproductions of letters and a colour reproduction of the Navy Cross. 8vo, in the original burgundy cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and gilt lettered within a gilt ruled border within a black cloth box on the upper cover. xi, 75, with printers colophon on verso of page 75. An especially fine copy of this scarce work, rarely seen in this condition.


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