"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed": First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography
Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography.
Item Number: 58006
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.
Theodore Roosevelt began his career as a writer while still a student at Harvard. “By Roosevelt’s graduation the qualities that were to attract, repel, or bemuse his countrymen for four decades became pronounced. He abounded in physical and mental energy, acted often on impulse and at times on shrewd calculation, and generally exuded warmth, affection, and charm. He possessed the gift of words, though he limited their flow with difficulty; and even when he was moralizing, his force and imagery made him unfailingly interesting” (ANB). His autobiography was published six years before his death.
Other Books by this Author
“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.
“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.
New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1914.
First edition. Octavo, 2 volumes, original buckram cloth, frontispieces, plates and maps. Drawings by Philip R. Goodwin. Near fine in the rare original dust jackets with some wear and tear.
“THE ONLY PEACE IS THE PEACE OF OVERWHELMING VICTORY”: LARGE THEODORE ROOSEVELT INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH
Large framed signed photograph of Theodore Roosevelt sitting outside Sagamore Hill, the family home in Oyster Bay, New York. Inscribed by him, “Inscribed for Frank S. James with the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt, September 20th 1917.” Toned silver dry-plate photograph, signed in pencil below by the photograph studio. Matted and framed. The photograph measures 8.5 inches by 11.5 inches. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 17 inches.
Big Game Hunting in the Rockies and On the Great Plains. Comprising “Hunting Trips of a Ranchman” and “The Wilderness Hunter.”
New York and London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons; The Knickerbocker Press, 1899.
Signed limited first edition, number 347 of 1000 large-paper copies signed by Roosevelt beneath the frontispiece portrait. Thick quarto, original cloth, brown morocco labels, top edge gilt. Housed in a custom cloth case. In very good condition, with some toning and wear to the spine.
“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.
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.
Hand-cut silhouette portrait of Theodore Roosevelt in profile, affixed to an oval signed on the mount, “Good luck! Theodore Roosevelt, Nov. 5th 1916.” Signed below the silhouette by the artist, “Belinda Daniels, 1916.” Framed and in fine condition, with some light staining around the silhouette. The entire piece measures 6.5 inches by 8.5 inches.
London and New York: F. Tennyson Neely, 1899.
First edition of this early biography of Theodore Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, front panel, frontispiece of Roosevelt. Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand, “Jeffrey Englehart, with regards of his father’s friend, Theodore Roosevelt.” An ownership stamp of the recipient below. In very good condition. Rare, this is the first example we have seen signed and inscribed by Roosevelt.
“I am a part of everything that I have read": First Editions of Theodore Roosevelt's Monumental Work The Winning of the West
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons/ The Knickerbocker Press, 1889-96.
First trade edition. Octavo, 4 volumes, original publishers half cloth, maps at rear. In very good condition with a contemporary bookplate to each volume with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Uncommon in this condition.
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.
"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.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
Signed Limited edition. 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.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities.
“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
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.
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. One of the more difficult titles in the Roosevelt canon to find signed and inscribed, and with such a warm inscription.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new": First edition of Out of My Later Years; Signed by Albert Einstein
New York: Philosophical Library, 1950.
First edition of Einstein’s collection of social science-related articles, addresses and speeches. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “A. Einstein.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't": First Editions of each Volume in the Prime Minister's Autobiography and Speeches; Each Signed by Her
London: HarperCollins, 1993-2002.
First British editions of each work by the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, 3 volumes. Each volume is signed by Margaret Thatcher on the title page. Each are fine in near fine to fine dust jackets. A very nice set.
Washington, D.C: Public Affairs Press, 1948.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in the rare original dust jacket with some wear and tear to the extremities. Translated by Mahadev Desai.
London: Hutchinson , 1987.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Garry Kasparov on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.