OBAMA, Barack The Audacity of Hope [Signed] New York: Crown Publishers, 2006.
8vo., dual-layered black publisher's boards, gilt to spine; camel-coloured endpapers; original unclipped dust jacket ($25.00) with a photograph of the author by Deborah Feingold; pp. [ix], 2-375, [i]; inscribed by Obama to title; aside from very minimal compression to boards, and creases to jacket, a fine copy.
First edition as stated, later impression. Boldly inscribed by the former president in black felt tip to the title page (slightly bleeding through to the acknowledgements).
The author's second book (his memoir Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance was published in 1995) became number one on both the New York Times and Amazon.com bestsellers lists in the autumn of 2006, after being endorsed by Oprah Winfrey. Obama announced his presidential campaign on February 10, 2007, a little more than three months after the book's release.