14 - 15 February 2001
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt President of the United States. Chatauqua, N.Y., August 14, 1936. [Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1936.] 12mo. 16 pages. Original blue-grey boards, paper cover label (lightly age-toned at edges).
LIMITED EDITION, DESIGNATED IN FDR'S HAND on the front pastedown: "No. 7 of 50 copies FDR." PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO HIS SON on the front free endpaper: "For John Aspinwall Roosevelt with love from his father Franklin D. Roosevelt." This was preceded by at least two, or possibly more, editions. FDR had the text entirely reset for this Christmas edition. Five months after Hitler ordered troops into the Rhineland, FDR declared: "I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen two hundred limping, exhausted men come out of line -- the survivors of a regiment of one thousand ... I hate war." Halter T618. ONE OF FDR'S SCARCEST TITLES.
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