Presidential Inaugural Addresses: A Bound Volume Once Owned by President John F. Kennedy. Barely three weeks past the assassination of her beloved husband Jack, Mrs. Kennedy found it in her heart to give JFK's final Christmas present to her parents. Inscribed by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on the flyleaf:

    "For Mommy and Uncle Hugh (Stepfather Hugh Auchincloss),
    Jack was going to give you this for Christmas-

    Please accept it now from me-With all my love.
    December 1963"

    This was one of a limited edition of 85 bound copies of the most comprehensive compilation of Inaugural addresses from Washington to Kennedy, prepared pursuant to a special May 1961 Act of Congress. The original leather binding was beginning to show its age, so prior to the offering of this book, it was put into a custom clamshell case made by Asprey.

    President Kennedy was of course a devoted student of American history, and it is not surprising that he would have selected this volume as a gift to his in-laws. The addition of Jackie's poignant inscription is highly evocative, and no doubt contributed to the huge interest when the book appeared at auction. Fierce bidding propelled it to a hammer price of $123,500 in Sotheby's 1995 sale, making it the most expensive JFK/JKO book ever to reach auction.

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