Signed book: Looking Forward. Advance review copy of the first edition, with publisher's manuscript corrections on pages 36, 158, and 269 and original page 141/142 torn out and replaced with a loose insert. NY: The John Day Company, 1933. Paperback, 5 x 7.5, 279 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in fountain pen to newspaper editor and Democratic political consultant Emila Hujra, "For Emil Hurja, from Franklin D. Roosevelt," and also signed on the title page, "Franklin D. Roosevelt." Laid into the front is a "Review Copy" slip, noting a release date of March 20, 1933. Autographic condition: fine, with a strip of toning to the signed page where the "Review Copy" slip was once affixed. Book condition: VG/None, with heavy creasing to the spine and light edgewear. Accompanied by a custom-made quarter leather slipcase.
This early copy of Looking Forward was one of about 130 copies printed for reviewers. Less than a day after printing, White House officials requested that the handful of copies that made it out—most were still safely secured on a truck bound for the post office—be returned so that the accidentally printed 'inaccuracies' could be corrected. About 120 of them were returned to The John Day Company, who proceeded to hand-correct errors on three pages; as pages 141/142 were so incorrect, they were removed from the review copies and a reprinted page was laid in.
Roosevelt prepared the manuscript for Looking Forward, outlining his progressive vision for America's 'New Deal.' while president-elect in 1933. He drew primarily from already-published speeches and writings crafted during his candidacy. It was published in the month of his inauguration, March 1933, and quickly became a New York Times bestseller. The recipient of this rare review copy, Emil Hurja, a pioneer of opinion polling, would play a political advisory role during Roosevelt's presidency.
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