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Item 61 - Franklin D. Roosevelt Catalog 585 (Jun 2020)

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Signed book: D-Day Prayer. First edition, limited issue, numbered 34/100. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1944. Hardcover with slipcase, 7.25 x 10.25, 4 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in fountain pen to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish, "For Archie MacLeish, Christmastide 1944, from Franklin D. Roosevelt." Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: NF/None. These special yuletide volumes were distributed exclusively to the president's closest friends, family, and staffers; MacLeish had taken the position as Librarian of Congress in 1939 at Roosevelt's behest, resigning on December 19, 1944, to to take up the post of Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs in FDR's administration. An extraordinary piece, as FDR's last Christmas book and a significant piece of World War II history.

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