KENNEDY, John F. (1917-1963), KENNEDY ONASSIS, Jacqueline Bouvier (1929-1994). Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States from George Washington, 1789 to John F. Kennedy, 1961. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1961.
John F. Kennedy's own copy of the Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States with his own speech marked and corrected in his hand. Kennedy's inaugural address, delivered on 20 January 1961, appears on pages 267 to 270. Kennedy had highlighted eleven passages of particular importance in blue ballpoint pen, and making one correction to a sentence on page 269: "The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service are found round the globe," crossing-out "are found around" with "surround", adding his initials "JK" to the right. With an additional annotation by Jacqueline Kennedy on the title-page: "Hyannis July 1963, J. marked his passages in Inaug--& corrected it."
Kennedy's stirring inaugural address, which features some of the most oft quoted phrases of the century ("And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you: Ask what you can do for your country."), is one of the most recalled phrases of any speech delivered by an American President. It stands as equal to Lincoln's 1864 closing, "With malice toward none, and charity for all," and Franklin Roosevelt's 1933 admonition, "The only thing to fear is fear itself."
Octavo (232 x 150mm). Blue wrappers, printed in red (toning to spine, some wear to extremities, closed tear to lower front joint; adhesive residue from former bookplate). Provenance: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (her sale, Sotheby's New York, 23-26 April 1996, lot 51).