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New York, N.Y. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1998. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xi, , 260 pages. Oversized book, measuring 11 inches by 8-3/4 inches. Profusely illustrated (including color) Inscribed by both co-authors on the front free endpaper; Inscription reads: October 23, 1997, To Lida- Enjoy the tour! James A. Abbott and Elaine M. Rice. Includes Foreword, Acknowledgments, Epilogue, Appendix, Endnotes, Bibliography, and Index. Chapters include The Kennedy Style; Restoration: Idea and Organization; Maison Blanche; The State Dining Room; The East Room; The Red Room; The Green Room; The Blue Room; The Ground Floor; Halls; The Private Dining Rooms; The Yellow Oval Room; Guest Rooms; The Victorian Taste; The Private Rooms; The President's Office and Cabinet Room; and The Legacy. Includes Appendix, Endnotes, Bibliography, and Index. James A. Abbott has a rich background in both museum operations and curating. Abbott most recently served as the Philip Franklin Wagely Director and Curator of the Evergreen Museum and Library. Abbott has written several books, most notable is his collaborative work “Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration.” Ms. Rice had worked at DuPont Winterthur, which played an important role in shaping Mrs. Kennedy''s vision for the White House restoration. Ms. Rice later became an independent interior design professional. This important work offers what is essentially a major room by room tour of the restoration.
Washington, DC: White House Historical Association in cooperation with the National Geographic Society, 1966. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 26 cm, 143, Illustrated endpapers. Color frontis illustration. Illustrations (some in color). Index. Foreword by Mrs. Lyndon Johnson Introduction by Bruce Catton. Behind the scenes look at the personal lives of Presidents and their families. Four-page item (pictorial) on Johnson White House wedding laid in. Name of previous owner written in ink on title page. The Living White House was first published in 1966, and it has been updated periodically with changes in administrations. Mrs. Aikman also wrote, "We the People, the Story of the United States Capitol. She began working for the National Geographic Society in 1929 as a secretary and educational assistant. She later wrote for the society's news service, then joined the senior editorial staff. She wrote 13 articles for National Geographic magazine between 1951 and 1983 on subjects ranging from the Daughters of the American Revolution to the U.S. Census.