19 May 2006
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Inaugural Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Washington: The White House, 1943.
8vo, half vellum, marbled boards, leather spine label stamped in gilt, top edge gilt, original slipcase, with blue, half morocco slipcase.
FIRST EDITION, 100 COPIES. THE NEXT TO LAST FDR "CHRISTMAS BOOK." Inscribed, signed and numbered by FDR for his daughter Anna Roosevelt and her husband John Boettiger: "To Anna and John with the affection of Pa Franklin D. Roosevelt Christmas 1943." Copy number (49) noted on the colophon. FDR's daughter Anna became his closest White House confidante in the final years of his life. With the heavily engaged Mrs. Roosevelt frequently traveling, and with his devoted former secretary Missy LeHand incapacitated by a stroke, Anna became the White House hostess from early 1944 until FDR's death. She discreetly arranged FDR's renewed meetings with his former mistress, Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd, and kept them secret from her mother until after FDR's death.
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