“Credit should go with the performance of duty, and not with what is very often the accident of glory”: FIRST EDITION OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S THE ROUGH RIDERS
The Rough Riders.
Item Number: 55014
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899.
First edition of Roosevelt’s best-selling account of one of the most fascinating regiments in American military history. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition with light toning and wear, contemporary bookplate to the pastedown. A very nice example of Roosevelt’s best-selling work.
Colonel Leonard Wood and Theodore Roosevelt founded of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry in 1898 at the onset of the Spanish-American War. Hostilities between the United States and Spain began in the aftermath of the internal explosion of the USS Maine in Havana harbor in Cuba, prompting intervention by the United States in the Cuban War of Independence fought against Spain. President William McKinley appointed Wood to organize the volunteer brigade, who in turn appointed Roosevelt as his second in command. Nicknamed the “Rough Riders” by journalists, the cavalry engaged in several battles and was made of mostly college athletes, cowboys, ranchers, and outdoorsmen from the southwest portion of the U.S. The term 'Rough Riders' was familiar at the time from Buffalo Bill whose famous western show "Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World" gained popularity throughout the late 19th century. The Rough Riders remains Roosevelt’s best-selling work, and provides incredible insight into one of the most fascinating regiments in American military history.
Other Books by this Author
"The highest form of success comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph": First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's The Strenuous Life; Signed by Him During His Presidency
New York: The Century Co, 1902.
First edition of this collection of speeches from Theodore Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, gilt topstain, fronispiece of Roosevelt. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With regards of Theodore Roosevelt Xmas 1902.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed.
“Credit should go with the performance of duty, and not with what is very often the accident of glory”: FIRST EDITION OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S THE ROUGH RIDERS; SIGNED BY HIM
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899.
First edition of Roosevelt’s best-selling account of one of the most fascinating regiments in American military history. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Theodore Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. In very good condition with slight toning to the spine and a small stain to the front board, two small bookplates. Frontispiece of Theodore Roosevelt with tissue guard, top edge gilt. Paired with a large abstract of payments made by M.F. Sheary in June of 1898. Sheary served as Additional Paymaster in the United States Department of War during the William F. McKinley Administration at the time that Roosevelt served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Scarce and desirable signed by Theodore Roosevelt.
"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed": First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1913.
First edition of the 26th President of the United States autobiography. Octavo, original blue cloth, paper portrait label, top edge gilt. With frontispiece portrait, one folding table, and numerous in-text illustrations. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities.
Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to Mexican President Porfirio Diaz, “From a well-wisher to Mexico, and an admirer of its illustrious chief, President [Porfirio] Diaz, and with the regard of Theodore Roosevelt September 1904.” Two months later, Roosevelt, who had assumed the presidency with the 1901 assassination of William McKinley, won his first full term as president.
First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A nice association, trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.
New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1914.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated from photographs taken by Kermit Roosevelt and other members of the expedition, frontispiece with tissue-guard; 3 maps, including 1 folding in the rear. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Frederic A. Ames, a first-class American, with all good wishes, from Theodore Roosevelt June 14th 1918.” The recipient, Frederic Ames was an early American automobile manufacturer in Owensboro, Kentucky, from 1910 to 1925. A beetle-backed “gentleman’s roadster” and a five passenger tourer were the first models offered for sale by the company. The company also produced replacement bodies for the Ford Model T. At its peak the company produced approximately 30,000 vehicles. In near fine condition with light toning to the spine. Housed in a custom half leather clamshell box. One of the more difficult titles in the Roosevelt canon to find signed and inscribed, and with such a warm inscription.
"The head of Lincoln grows upon me more and more. I think it one of the finest things I have seen": Autographed Letter from President Roosevelt to Gutzon Borglum
Signed letter from President Theodore Roosevelt to Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore on White House letterhead dated February 17, 1908. It reads, “My dear Borglum, The head of Lincoln grows upon me more and more. I think it one of the finest things I have seen. I especially like it when seen from the right front. Theodore Roosevelt.” Long before beginning his work on Mount Rushmore, Borglum carved a massive marble bust of Abraham Lincoln in 1908 that was exhibited in Theodore Roosevelt’s White House. Robert Todd Lincoln praised it as perhaps the greatest likeness of his father he had ever seen, and the bust was donated to the Congress later that year. Over a decade later, when designing Mount Rushmore in the 1920s, Borglum placed President Roosevelt next to Lincoln. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Borglum. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 21.5 inches.
Presidential appointment signed by both President Theodore Roosevelt and future President William Howard Taft, who served as Roosevelt’s Secretary of War. It is appointing Charles Gatewood to First Lieutenant in the Artillery Corps in the service of the United States. Gatewood was the son of Lt. Charles B. Gatewood (1853-1896) who is best remembered for convincing Geronimo to surrender for the final time. Matted and framed.
“Patriotism should be an integral part of our every feeling at all times": Fear God and Take Your Own Part
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1916.
First edition of this collection of essays by the twenty-sixth President of the United States. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed and dated by Theodore Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half leather clamshell box.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work. One of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 56. Printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press. Photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. Bound in full morocco, gilt titles and elaborate tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, marbled endpapers. In fine condition.
"There is delight in the hardy life of the open": First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First trade edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original color pictorial green cloth lettered in gilt, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated from photographs, drawings. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities, hinges repaired.
“THE ONLY PEACE IS THE PEACE OF OVERWHELMING VICTORY”: LARGE THEODORE ROOSEVELT INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH AS PRESIDENT
Large framed signed photograph of Theodore Roosevelt sitting, signed while in office. Inscribed by him, “To John Still, Esq. with the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt, April 7th 1908.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 22.5 inches. An attractive piece.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1900.
The Works of Theodore Roosevelt. Small octavo, 15 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt top edge, raised bands, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. Frontispiece to each volume. The set includes, The Naval War of 1812 in two volumes, The Wilderness Hunter, American Ideals, The Winning of the West in six volumes, Hunting the Grizzly, Hunting Trips on the Prairie, Hunting Trips of A Ranchman, The Rough Riders. In near fine condition.
"Like all Israelis, I yearn for peace. I see the utmost importance in taking all possible steps that will lead to a solution of the conflict with the Palestinians": First Edition of Warrior: An Autobiography; Inscribed by Ariel Sharon
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
First edition of Sharon’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed and dated by Ariel Sharon on the half-title page. Laid in a lecture announcement by Sharon. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
"The herculean task of the United States Government today is to take care that its citizens have the necessities of life" Veto Message of PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT; SIGNED BY HIM
Veto message on the Adjusted Compensation Act, 1935: Address of the President of the United States in the House of Representatives, Delivered May 22, 1935.
Washington, D.C.: United States Government, 1935.
Speech given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. Signed by Roosevelt at the conclusion of his speech. In near fine condition with light wear. Rare.
Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Amartya Sen's Copy of On Economic Theory and Capitalism; With his Signature and Inscribed to Him
Oxford: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1955.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen’s copy with his name “A.K. Sen Trinity College Cambridge” on the half title page. Inscribed on the front free endpaper to Sen, “For Amartiya With the confidence that he will plan the dynamic economy, of a socialist and peaceful India. With best wishes, Arif Cambridge 8 May 1955.” In very good condition.
"This civilization is rapidly passing away, however. Let us rejoice or else lament the fact as much as everyone of us likes; but do not let us shut our eyes to it: Rare First American Edition of Capitalism Socialism and Democracy; Finely Bound
New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1942.
First American edition of the economist’s ground-breaking work. Octavo, bound in full black morocco, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt titles to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panel, raised bands. In fine condition.