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    John F. Kennedy Signed (as a Student) Copy of Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand. (New York: Henry Holt and Company, [1932]). 8vo. Boldly signed in black ink "John F. Kennedy/ French IV/ Mr. Procter" on the front free endpaper under the penciled name of his elder brother, Joe Kennedy, who was a student at Choate from 1933-1934 and certainly used the book before John. John, who crossed out the name of his elder brother, has written his name in some form lightly in pencil thirteen times throughout the book (on pages 34, opposite 48, 50, 53, 63, 71, 114, 115, 118, 121, 123, 125, and opposite 128). Doodles and notes in the same hand also occur on pages v of the introduction (a grammar correction to the text), 51 (an elephant), opposite 128 (a house), 110 (handwritten in pencil "When are you coming out for wrestling?/ Joe Kennedy"), and 177 (underlining of "John the Fearless of Burgundy" in the text). On the tail, Joe Kristan, a previous owner (his name is also written on the front paste-down endpaper below the name of "Jules Kristan") has printed his name over the handwritten name of "Joe Kennedy".

    John Kennedy graduated from Choate, a private university preparatory boarding school for boys grades 9-12 in Wallingford, Connecticut, in June 1935 and went on to graduate from Harvard. This book, in blue buckram, is lightly worn, certainly from being used by several students, including the Kennedy brothers. Fine condition.

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