In exceptionally good condition. 22747 ebay 234 65/80. Octavo, [24cm/9.5inches], Uniformly-bound gilt-embossed ebony-coloured cloth with mylar-protected dust jackets. Each volume is lavishly illustrated with b-w halftone plates. Volume I THE PATH TO POWER, (1982; 15th impression), pp. xxiii, 882, (ISBN 0679729453) … Volume II MEANS OF ASCENT, (1990, 7th impression), pp. xxxiv, 506, (ISBN 067973371X) … Volume III MASTER OF THE SENATE, (2002; 3rdimpression), pp. xxiv, 116, (ISBN 0394720954) … Volume IV THE PASSAGE OF POWER, (2012; 2nd impression), pp. 736, (ISBN 0375713255). Caro is currently researching material for a projected fifth volume, which at the time of this writing, -November 2014-, remains "projected." In an interview with Kurt Vonnegut, Caro pointed out: "I was never interested in writing biography just to show the life of a great man, " saying he wanted instead "to use biography as a means of illuminating the times and the great forces that shape the times. Please feel free to inquire as to particulars and/or additional photographs.
The Years of Lyndon Johnson, 3 Volume set. (The Path of Power, Means of Ascent, Master of the Senate). Master of Senate is a 1st edition, 1st printing, 2002. Path to power and Means of Ascent are Book Club Edition 1982. Books in Very Good condition. Jackets in Very Good condition. Nice clean copy. Family owned since 1989. Selling online since 1995. Exceptional shopping experience, 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!
882; 506; 1167; 712pp. Large octavos [24 cm] Black cloth covered boards with gilt stamped titles on the spine and front cover. Very good. There are large faded areas on the front cover of volume 1. The rear board has a couple of smaller spots. The bottom edges of the text blocks are very slightly stained. There is a former owner's bookplate on the front pastedown of volume 1, and there is a bookplate on the rippled front free endsheet of volume 2. There is a previous owner's name in pen on the front free endsheet of volume 3. In very good dust jackets. The inside flaps of volume 1's jacket are mildly age-toned. There are several very small stains on the bottom edge of this dust jacket as well. The dust jacket of volume 3 is stained along the folds of the inside flaps on the internal backside of the jacket. May require extra postage due to weight. Volumes 1, 3, and 4 are first editions. Volume 2 is a book club edition. From the dust jacket-"The Years of Lyndon Johnson is the political biography of our time. Here is the perfect joining of subject and writer: Johnson, the man of awesome complexity, energy, ambition, and power-obsessed with secrecy, obscuring (often 'rewriting') the facts of his personal and political life; Caro, his biographer, awarded both the Pulitzer and Parkman Prizes for his life of Robert Moses, The Power Broker-and everywhere acclaimed for the brilliance, tenacity, and integrity of his research, for his grasp of character and of the workings of power."
Four Volumes. Vol. I: THE PATH TO POWER ( 1982 ). First Printing. ISBN: 0-394-49973-5. Very Good Plus / Very Good Plus. Light rubbing to edges of boards. Vol. II: MEANS OF ASCENT. ( 1990 ). First Printing. ISBN: 0-394-52835-2. Very Good Plus / Very Good. Soiled spot on dust jacket where price tag was removed. Vol. III: MASTER OF THE SENATE. ( 2002 ). First Priting. ISBN: 0-394-52836-0. Near Fine / Near Fine. Vol. IV: THE PASSAGE OF POWER ( 2012 ). First Printing. ISBN: 978-0-679-40507-8. Fine / Fine. All hinges and all signatures are tight. All interiors are clean, no marks. Dust jackets are protected with mylar covers. An excellent set. Caro is now well on his way to the best Presidential biography ever written. These volumes cover through the first five months of Johnson's Presidency. And Caro's work seems to get better as the materials become more voluminous and the issues more complex. Also, give credit to Knopf for maintaining a high level of workmanship and materials in these volumes for three decades now--at a time when many publishers are in a cost cutting mode.
First edition of the author's Pulitzer Prize-winning volume in his acclaimed Johnson biography quartet. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author, "To Nicholas Katzenbach with deep appreciation for the help you have given me in understanding Lyndon Johnson Robert A. Caro November 8, 2004." The recipient was Nicolas Katzenbach, who served as Attorney General under the Lyndon Johnson Administration. An outstanding association copy. "Master of the Senate and its two preceding volumes are the highest expression of biography as art. After The Path to Power and Means of Ascent, there shouldn't be much debate about Caro's grand achievement, but let's be clear about this nonetheless: In terms of political biography, not only does it not get better than this, it can't" (Patrick Beach).
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