Rare Biography of Jesse Isidor Straus by Reginald Wright Kauffman
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.This "biograhical portrait" of Jesse Isidor Straus (1872 to 1936), was written by Reginald Wright Kauffman, completed in 1939 and given to the family. The book was later privately published - for the first time - in 1973. This book is one of only 100 copies created, to be given to family and old associates.
Jesse Isidor Straus was born in New York City. He graduated from Harvard in 1893 and became president of R. H. Macy & Company in 1919. He also served as ambassador to France (1933 to 1936).
His father and uncle - Isidor (Isadore) and Nathan, respectively, became co-owners of Macy's in 1896. His father and mother perished with the Titanic in 1912. Another uncle - Oscar - was a cabinet secretary under President Roosevelt.
This is a beautiful book with this information on the title page: "'Jesse Isidor Straus: A Biographical Portrait', by Reginald Wright Kauffman. Privately Published New York, N.Y. 1973". The book was copyright in 1973 by Jack I. and Robert K. Straus, LCCCN: 72-96010, and states First Printing January 1973. The introduction states that 100 copies of the book were to be printed. This is a 9 1/4" tall volume bound with red leather with gilt lettering on the spine, stored in a black cloth covered slipcase. The 376 pages are clean and unmarked with faint soil to the fore edges and a few faint spots of foxing to the top edges. The cover shows slight scuffing of the leather at the edges and corners. The book was apparently maintained in the slipcase, which has preserved the interior, but the spine has faded and become brittle, with partial splitting of the leather at the bottom back gutter. The spine also shows bumps and scuffs, and the bottom edge of the spine is worn, exposing the board at a tiny point at the front cover. The slipcase has no markings and is sturdy, showing only general soil and shelfwear ...... $1250.00