My Life.New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2004 Stock Code: 122796
NotesFirst edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To my friend Judy Collins with thanks - Bill Clinton", additionally inscribed by Collins, with a heart, on the title page, together with a typed letter signed by Clinton. The letter reads: "Dear Judy: Happy birthday! I hope this year will be full of happiness, health, and fulfillment", hand signed "Bill", with the additional postscript "we love you" beneath.
Collins is a close friend of the Clinton family, and one of Bill Clinton's favourite singers; she performed at Clinton's first inauguration ball in 1993, as well as at several campaign fundraisers and the pre-inauguration concert prior to that. Her recording of Joni Mitchell's song "Chelsea Morning" was the inspiration behind the Clintons naming their daughter Chelsea, one of the dedicatees of this book. In her 2011 memoir, Collins reminisced: "For eight years I went in and out of the White House like I owned it. I would stay up and talk to Bill until 2:30 in the morning and think, 'My God, when is this man going to let me get to bed?'" (quoted in Joseph Finder's review, The Daily Beast, 3 December 2011). A remarkable association copy from the 42nd President to the folk music icon.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, title to spine in gilt. With the dust jacket. Together with a typed letter signed on embossed headed note paper from Clinton's office, dated 1 May 2013, and the envelope, loosely inserted.
With 32 plates.
A fine copy with some light creases to dust jacket extremities. Letter and envelope in equally fine condition.
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