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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    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. Presentation copy, 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, signed trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 62035

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Through the Brazilian Wilderness; Inscribed by Him

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    Through the Brazilian Wilderness.

    New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1914.

    First edition of this classic adventure taken by Theodore Roosevelt. 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. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Inscribed for Master Coleman Williams with the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt January 21st 1916.” With Williams’s bookplate above, a portrait of Roosevelt to the pastedown, and another inserted opposite copyright page. In very good condition with some wear to the crown of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. One of the more difficult titles in the Roosevelt canon to find signed and inscribed.

    Price: $6,000.00     Item Number: 109452

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  • The author's autograph edition of Richard Byrd's Little America; inscribed by him to Eleanor Roosevelt

    BYRD, Richard Evelyn. [Eleanor Roosevelt].

    Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic The Flight to the South Pole.

    New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1930.

    Signed limited edition of Byrd’s account of his first expedition to the South Pole. Octavo, original publisher’s half parchment over blue boards, with 74 illustrations and maps. Author’s Autograph Edition, one of one thousand copies signed by the author and publisher on the limitation leaf, this is number 303. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Eleanor Roosevelt with the highest possible admiration and affectionate regards Dick Byrd New Years Day 1931.” The recipient, Eleanor Roosevelt, first met Richard Byrd when her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Byrd, a recent graduate of the Naval Academy, had been assigned to the gunboat USS Dolphin, which also served as the yacht of the Secretary of the Navy. Upon Byrd’s return to American soil in 1930 following his first expedition to the Antarctic, he was welcomed by President Roosevelt who, with Eleanor, later attended an honorary dinner given by the International Rescue Committee held in Byrd’s honor. In very good condition with a closed tear to the crown of the spine and dampstaining to the spine and lower portion of the front panel. An exceptional association.

    Price: $3,000.00     Item Number: 124132

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; in the Scarce original dust jacket

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    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. Near fine in the original dust jacket with some chips and wear to the extremities. This is the first example we have seen in the dust jacket. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $2,800.00     Item Number: 98470

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