Signed book: The Budget of the United States Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1941. First edition, unstated limited issue of 25 specially bound and signed copies. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1940. Hardcover bound in three quarter dark green morocco with marbled textblock edges, 9.75 x 11.75, 1079 pages. Signed at the conclusion of the prefatory 'message transmitting the budget to Congress' in fountain pen, "Franklin D. Roosevelt." Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG/None, with edgewear and a cracked front joint repaired inside.
Between 1936 and 1944, FDR produced deluxe signed issues of 25 copies of each year's federal budget, specially bound in green three quarter morocco, for distribution to department heads and key Congressional allies. The prefatory message in this edition contains a clear statement of New Deal fiscal policy, and lays the groundwork for the massive military expenditures that would dominate the budget in coming years with America's entry into World War II. He notes that he 'tried to interpret the wishes of our people' when formulating the budget, and divined that 'they want to strengthen our national defense and are prepared to pay additional taxes for this purpose.' A rare and historic volume that set forth FDR's vision for mid-century America, and laid the financial foundation for the emergence of the United States as the principal world power in the aftermath of World War II.
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