"We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us. My choice is to wear out": First Edition of Strenuous Epigrams of Theodore Roosevelt; Signed by President Roosevelt

  • Strenuous Epigrams of Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Strenuous Epigrams of Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Strenuous Epigrams of Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Strenuous Epigrams of Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Strenuous Epigrams of Theodore Roosevelt.

Strenuous Epigrams of Theodore Roosevelt.

Item Number: 102545

New York and Boston: H.M. Caldwell Co., Publishers, 1904.

First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s rousing call for a strenuous life, published the same year he won election to his second term as president. Small octavo, original half red and brown paper. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “with regards of Theodore Roosevelt Dec 16th 1904.” In fine condition. Rare and desirable signed.

This scarce first edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Strenuous Epigrams was published the same year he campaigned for and won election to his second term as president, intent on leading "his country into the 20th century with the same vigor he had shown charging up Kettle Hill." Seeking to prove he was America's "champion and he could get America moving again… [he] was the first president to speak where Lincoln gave his great Gettysburg Address; he traveled to the site of Washington's suffering at Valley Forge and then went south to toast Stonewall Jackson's widow in Richmond" (Dalton, Theodore Roosevelt, 249, 271, 263). On publication, this collection of excerpts from his speeches and writings was praised for endorsing a "life of ambition, industry, self-denial and service (Book News XXII, 1234). Along with a short biography and his January 27, 1903 "Speech on William McKinley," are epigrams such as: "We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us. My choice is to wear out."