Lot #28
Franklin D. Roosevelt Signed Book

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Estimate: $800+


Signed book: The Democratic Book, 1936. Limited edition, numbered 192 of an unspecified limitation. Gilt-stamped leatherbound hardcover, 11.5 x 14.5, 384 pages. Signed on the beautifully designed colophon in fountain pen by Roosevelt below a watercolor vignette of the White House. The original owner’s name, “Louis A. Boulay,” is also stamped on the cover. Autographic condition: very fine. Book condition: VG/None, with scuffing and edgewear to leather.

A lavishly produced promotional ‘year book’ for the Democratic Party, this volume contains features on accomplishments by Democrats, images of FDR’s cabinet, and ads. The selling of advertising space—and the selling of the book itself to corporations, at $250 per copy—aroused much controversy at the time, and objections were raised that these de facto corporate contributions violated the Corrupt Practices Act which prohibited corporations from contributing to national campaigns. An impressive and substantial book with a gorgeous signed page.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: #610 - Ended June 16, 2021

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