14 - 15 February 2001
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Wither Bound? Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1926. 8vo. Original blue cloth; original pictorial dust jacket (light edgewear).
FDR'S FIRST COMMERCIALLY PRINTED BOOK
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FDR TO HIS SON on the front free endpaper: "For the youngest of the flock John Aspinwall Roosevelt from his affectionate father Franklin D. Roosevelt June 1926." WITH ORIGINAL DELIVERY ENVELOPE INSCRIBED BY FDR: "Wither Bound by FDR -- June 1926. 1 copy for FDR, Jr. 1 copy for John A. Roosevelt." A poignant inscription, given that FDR's text is aimed at an analysis of the responsibilities of youth. He delivered this address on May 18, 1926 at Milton Academy in commemoration of fallen First World War alumni. His thesis in the work is that the young rightly experiment with life and with moral standards, "for it is through unrest and experimentation that civilization is advanced." Of this edition, 1,000 copies were printed and Halter notes amusingly: "The book was so unsuccessful that even twenty years later it was still in print, and mint copies in perfect dust-jackets were available from the publisher. Today, however, it is definitely a scarce book." Halter T453.
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