1970. An interesting and uncommon collection of memorabilia commemorating the state dinner given by President Richard Nixon for Gustave Diaz Ordaz, the president of Mexico, at the Hotel Del Coronado on September 3, 1970. The items were collected and assembled by one of the guests, James S. Copley (1916-1973). Copley was the CEO of the San Diego Union-Tribune and the San Diego Evening Tribune and was a dominating force in the media industry at the time. He was a staunch conservative Republican who developed a close friendship with Richard Nixon. Copley apparently felt honored to be invited to the occasion and housed his collection in a green clamshell box with a "tray" to display the items. The artfully arranged items displayed in the box are small American and Mexican flags, a matchbook with the presidential seal, two dinner cards with the presidential seal, two menus with the presidential seal, an envelope containing the official invitation and a windshield display, and a telegram to Copley from the White House Social Secretary. Also included in the box is a sheet with "Persons Seated at Mr. James S. Copley's Table;" and three photographs, including two of the head table where California Governor Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, former President Lyndon Johnson, Mrs. Johnson, President Richard Nixon, Mrs. Nixon, and President Gustave Diaz Ordaz were sitting. The third photo appears to be of Copley and his wife getting into their car. Additional items in folders include two clippings from the feature story in the San Diego Evening Tribune on September 4 and related articles, and the September 4 front page of The San Diego Union. The collection is in fine condition. The clamshell box is quarter green leather and green cloth. Gilt titling to spine. There is some sunning to spine and head of covers still near fine. The box measures 9 x 14.25 inches. Fine.
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New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1998. Hardcover. Inscribed by the two authors on the half title. A fascinating and sumptuous documenting the restoration of the White House by Jacqueline Kennedy and her advisors - the most extensive and significant to date. With rich anecdotes and many four-color and black and white photographs with individual chapters by room, including the private quarters (from dust jacket). Bound in brown cloth and in a white dust jacket with title to spine and cover and photo of Mrs. Kennedy to cover. Some sunning to top of cloth binding and slight crease to top of jacket otherwise near fine. Measures 9 x 11 inches. 260 pages including index. DECARTS/011219. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 1930. Paperback. VG in original smooth yellow wrappers w/blue ink titling.; side- stapled. Fading along spine. Spot of rubbing to top right corner of front wrapper where price sticker has been removed. Interior clean, no foxing. B/W photo of Congress, frontis of Washington. In wraps. 55 pp. Presidential History (Americana). PRES/4153. Very Good in Wraps.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1903. Hardcover. 4to. Very good in black cloth covered boards with gilt-lettering to front board and to spine. Front board and spine faded to brown. Wear to edges, corners, and spine ends. Occasional foxing throughout though text and illustrations remain clean and bright. 246 pages. American Presidential History. PRES3/3152. Very Good.
Illinois State Historical Society, 1954. Paperback. Reprinted from the summer 1954 issue of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. Black and white illustrated side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Minor rubbing to exterior. Interior is clean and bright with photographic illustrations throughout. 16 pages. PRES/022218. Near Fine.
New York: Sea Lore Publishing Co, 1968. Hardcover. First Edition. "For the first time, the story of President Kennedy's sailing activities is told in detailed fullness with narrated incidents and colorful anecdotes that commemorate him as the White House Skipper" (jacket). Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and emblem to front cover. Occasional spots of soiling to first 25 pages, which affects a few images and text; however, all text remains legible. In light blue dust jacket with heavily faded title to spine and red title to front panel. Chipping to edges of jacket and remnants of price sticker to front panel. 101 pages. PRES/040919. Very Good / Very Good.
Penguin Studio Books, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition. Very good in cream paper covered boards with tan linen spine and red title to spine. In beige illustrated dust jacket with white spine panel titled in black. Minor wear to edges of jacket including a few small chips. Minor fading to spine panel of jacket and light rubbing. Clean interior. 262 pages. PRES/062415. Very Good / Very Good.