Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Career in Progressive Democracy
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D.: Ernest K. Lindley
Category: First Edition
Indianapolis. The Bobbs-Merrill Company. 1931.
First edition; 8vo; original cloth boards and dust jacket. Superb Roosevelt family association copy, with a gift inscription from Sara Delano Roosevelt, FDR,s mother to her brother Frederic A Delano on the first front free end paper. Below Sara's inscription there is a Christmas card of Roosevelt as Governor of New York sent to Frederic and inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt under the printed dedication: 'ER & FDR'. Frederic A Delano's bookplate to the front paste down. On the half title a photograph of Hyde Park inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt has been tipped in. Laid in is a typed letter signed from Frederic A Delano to his nephews and nieces, 'the grandchildren of my father and mother'. Dated 10th September 1932, he exhorts his family to support FDR as 'a candidate for the highest office in the gift of the people... Franklin has been in the fierce glare of public life for 25 years. In that time he has inevitably made some mistakes... but, after honest and fair consideration, I feel that he is a man I am proud to own as a relative and I hope you, too, will feel that way and will support' . The book has been heavily annotated by Frederic in pencil. The book came to form part of the FDR collection of the Director of the Morgan Library and son of one of FDR's cousins, Frederick B Adams. Adams became a passionate bibliophile who served as director of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City for two decades and compiled a significant personal collection relating to F.D.R. In 1969 he married his third wife, a Swiss princess, with whom he shared the final years of his life in France. Adams' move to Europe and his books were sold in the United Kingdom. The 'A career in Progressive Democracy' was the first full length publication about Roosevelt. Very good, with spine faded in a very good dust jacket with wear to the extremities and small chip to top of front cover.