"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed": First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography; Inscribed by Him To His Close Friend

  • Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography.
  • Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography.
  • Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography.

Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography.


Item Number: 88422

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. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Lawrence F. Abbott with affectionate regard of his old friend Theodore Roosevelt Aug 16th 1917 Sagamore Hill.” The recipient, Lawrence Abbott was a close friend to Theodore Roosevelt for many years. He served as his secretary on his 1909-10 tour of Europe and Africa, and edited Roosevelt’s African and European Addresses, 1910. He wrote the article on Roosevelt for the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, and Impressions of Theodore Roosevelt, in 1919. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities. A nice association, uncommon signed and inscribed.

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.

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