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ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, from July 19, 1940 to January 20, 1941 . The White House [Government Printing Office]: Christmas 1941.
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, from July 19, 1940 to January 20, 1941 . The White House [Government Printing Office]: Christmas 1941. 4 o . Half-title, text printed in red and black, light blue in-text vignettes. Contemporary vellum backed marbled boards, paper label on spine, top edge gilt (light spotting to the vellum); cloth slipcase, and fragment of original delivery envelope loosely inserted. Provenance : Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982) (inscription); Donald S. Carmichael (bookplate). LIMITED EDITION, ONE OF 75. COPY NO. 42 OF FDR'S 1941 CHRISTMAS BOOK INSCRIBED AND SIGNED "For Archie MacLeish with a Happy Christmas from Franklin D. Roosevelt." Also numbered and signed by Roosevelt ("FDR") on the colophon. For almost every Christmas of his 12 years in office, FDR privately printed (at his own expense) an elegant volume to be distributed to close friends and family. In 1941 he issued the speeches from his unprecedented third campaign for the presidency, beginning with his famous radio address from the White House to the Democratic convention in Chicago in July, in which he explained his decision to postpone his retirement in order to meet the challenge of the new World War: "It is not an ordinary war. It is a revolution imposed by force of arms...not to set men free but to reduce them to slavery." The book concludes with his Third Inaugural. Archibald MacLeish was Librarian of Congress from 1939 to 1944, head of the Office of War Information from 1942-1943, and a frequent presidential speech writer. RARE. Only four copies of this Christmas book have appeared at auction in the past 40 years. Halter pp.193-194.

Informationen zur Auktion
Auktionshaus: Christie's
Titel: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana
Auktionsdatum: 19.06.2014
Adresse: Christie's
19 June 2014, New York, Rockefeller Center