First Ladies

In honor of President’s Day, we present these notable books signed by First Ladies.

Our featured First Lady is Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of 32rd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who served from 1933 until his death in 1945. Mrs. Roosevelt distinguished herself as a champion of women’s rights, civil rights for African-Americans and Asian-Americans and the formation of the United Nations, for which she served as the first delegate.

Half Price Books presents two extraordinary and completely unique association copies related to this important American. Both books are inscribed to Marion Harron, a US Tax Court judge who was romantically associated with journalist Lorena Hickok—who has long been believed to have been romantically associated with Mrs. Roosevelt.

This I Remember

by Eleanor Roosevelt

Harper & Brothers, 1949
(early printing / inscribed by the author)

This beautiful copy of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first memoir is inscribed by the First Lady: “Inscribed for Marion Harron / With good wishes / Eleanor Roosevelt / Feb. 4th, 1950.” It’s in Very Good condition, with only minor chipping and tears to the dust jacket. Laid in is a 3” x 4.5” slip of paper, at the center of which is the name “Marion,” apparently written in Eleanor Roosevelt’s hand. Below that is written: “March 7, 1948. Val Kill Cottage, Hyde Park. Birthday party given that week-end by Mrs. Roosevelt for Mary Norton & Hick. This paper wrapped a box of Roger & Gallet soap to me from Mrs. R.” $2,000

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Reluctant First Lady: An Intimate Story of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Early Public Life

by Lorena A. Hickok

First Edition. Dodd, Mead, 1962 (inscribed by the author)

Lorena Hickok was a journalist who became closely associated with the Roosevelts, working as a chief investigator for the Federal Emergency Relief Organization. She was also a confidante and, it is widely believed, lover of Mrs. Roosevelt. This copy of her biography of the First Lady is in Very Good condition and is inscribed: “To Marion—/ who knew her, as I knew her, as a reluctant First Lady— / Hick / November 13, 1962.” $350

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More Rare First Lady Memoirs

Barbara Bush: A Memoir

by Barbara Bush

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First Edition. Scribner’s, 1994
(signed by the author)

This copy is in Near Fine condition and is signed by the First Lady and wife of 41st President George H.W. Bush, who served from 1989-1993. Mrs. Bush was a strong advocate for literacy, a cause taken up by Laura Bush, the wife of her son, President George W. Bush. $30

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The White House Library: A Short-Title List

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Limited, Numbered Edition. White House Historical Association, 1967
(signed by Lady Bird Johnson)

This copy is #102 of only 300 signed by Lady Bird Johnson, wife of Lyndon Baines Johnson, who served as 36th President from 1963-1969. Lady Bird was a shrewd businesswoman and a leading advocate for cleaning up roads and cities. The Highway Beautification Act was known as “Lady Bird’s Bill.” She was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Our copy is in Fine condition, in a Fine slipcase. $100

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Everything to Gain: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life

by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

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First Edition. Random House, 1987
(signed by both authors)

This book is signed by Rosalynn Carter and her husband Jimmy, who served as 39th President from 1977-1981. Rosalynn Carter was considered to be Jimmy’s closest advisor and was an advocate for mental health research and other causes. Our copy is in Near Fine condition. $20

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What Happened

by Hillary Clinton

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First Edition. Simon & Schuster, 2017
(signed by the author)

This book is in Near Fine condition and is signed by Hillary Clinton, who served as First Lady to 42th President Bill Clinton from 1993-2001. Hillary went on to serve as a US Senator for New York and as President Obama’s Secretary of State, and she ran unsuccessfully for President in 2016. $175

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