This Presentation set of Harry Truman’s two-volume Presidential memoir is part of a special pre-publication edition reserved for the author’s personal use. Each volume is signed and inscribed on the half-title to JAMES E. WEBB (1906-1992), who served in Truman’s administration as Under-Secretary of State to Dean Acheson and then served as Administrator of NASA during the Kennedy and Johnson administration; the agency’s Golden Age.
The inscription in Volume One reads: “To the Honorable James E. Webb with kindest regards, and with deep appreciation of his friendship and efficient public service. Harry Truman, Independence Jan. 28, 1956.”
The inscription in Volume Two reads: “To Hon. James E. Webb from Harry Truman 5/5/56.”
The books are in very good condition, virtually mint, with gilded top edges and red ribbon markers, in the publisher’s original mylar dust wrappers and cardboard slipcases, which do exhibit some light wear. Each slipcase is inscribed on their respective frontis labels: “To Hon. James E. Webb From Harry Truman” on Volume One; and “Hon. James E. Webb” in Truman’s hand on Volume Two.