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    Rare book inscribed by FDR to his favorite uncle.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Signed and Inscribed Edition of Argonauts of '49: History and Adventures of the Emigrant Companies from Massachusetts, 1849-1850, by Octavius Thorndike Howe, (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1923). First edition. Hardcover, in 1/4 dark blue cloth and blue-gray paper covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine. The exterior areas of the boards are slightly faded and edges are knocked. Without a dust jacket. 4to, 221 pages including a bibliography, appendix, text and illustrated with photographs of ship models and reproductions of contemporary works of art.

    The book is inscribed by FDR to his favorite paternal uncle, Frederic A. Delano, "Frederic A. Delano/ from his nephew/ Franklin D. Roosevelt/ Jan. 1923." The book was inscribed while FDR was experimenting with various treatments for poliomyelitis, which he had contracted a year and, a half earlier. When examined, FDR's handwriting and signature reveal the presence of different pressures applied in the same strokes, there is shakiness in places, the flow is off, and letter sizes vary.

    This inscribed and signed first edition presented by FDR to his Uncle Fred also contains a number of pencil underlines, marginal marks and notations in Delano's own hand. Also featured is an Algonac Homestead bookplate of Frederic A. Delano with a lithograph of the view from Algonac, the Hudson River home of the Delanos. Uncle Frederic Adrian Delano (1863-1953) was Sara Delano Roosevelt's youngest brother.


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    A very rare book inscribed by FDR to his favorite paternal uncle, Frederic A. Delano, Argonauts of ‘49: History and Adventures of the Emigrant Companies from Massachusetts, 1849, First Edition, published in 1923 Harvard University Press, and authored by Octavius Thorndike Howe. This First Edition is illustrated with plates from paintings, prints and other early sources, and measures 6 ½ x 9 ¾." Inscribed and signed on the front free endpaper by FDR to his uncle: "Frederic A. Delano/ from his nephew/ Franklin D. Roosevelt/ Jan. 1923." The book was inscribed and signed by FDR while he was experimenting with various treatments for poliomyelitis which he had contracted a year and a half earlier, and a year and a half before FDR discovered Warm Springs, Georgia. When examined, FDR's handwriting and signature reveal the presence of different pressures applied in the same strokes, there is a shakiness in places, the flow is off, and letter sizes vary. As Dr. Howe writes in his preface to Argonauts of ‘49: History and Adventures of the Emigrant Companies from Massachusetts, 1849: "This is the story of the companies of adventurers who left Massachusetts for California to acquire wealth and assist in building a new state in a distant and, to them, unknown country. It tells of their passage by sea, of their hard experiences off the Horn and in the gloomy Strait of Magellan, of their life on shipboard and the joyous interlude of visits to South American cities for water and provisions. It tells of their passage overland at a time when the buffalo still roamed the plain and hostile Indians hovered about their camps. It tells of their strange experiences after arrival in California and their good and bad fortune at the diggings. I have prepared this story largely from the records left by the Argonauts themselves, from their private letters, their log books and the minutes and journals of their companies, none of which have yet been published and most of which are in private possession. I have also consulted the libraries and newspapers of California and every Massachusetts newspaper of importance whose files of 1849 have been preserved. To those who have aided me by placing valuable material at my disposal and to those who have given equally valuable advice and encouragement, I am deeply grateful." This inscribed and signed First Edition presented by FDR to his Uncle Fred also contains a number of pencil underlines, marginal marks and notations in Delano's own hand. It is apparent from reading the marginal marks that Uncle Fred read this First Edition gift from his nephew Franklin with great enjoyment and enthusiasm. Also featured is a rare Algonac Homestead bookplate of Frederic A. Delano: "The Algonac Homestead/ Library of Frederic A. Delano," with a lithograph of the view from Algonac with a lithograph of several books behind the pastoral scene from Algonac.  Algonac was the Hudson River home of the Delanos. In 1851 FDR's maternal grandfather Warren Delano II, whose family resided in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, purchased 60 acres on the Hudson River two miles north of Newburgh, New York. There, Algonac, the Delano estate was established, and where on September 21, 1854 Sara Delano, the seventh child of Warren II and Catherine (Lyman) Delano, was born, and raised. Uncle Frederic Adrian Delano (1863-1953) was Sara Delano Roosevelt's youngest brother. A fantastic personal, family item from a recovering FDR to his Uncle Fred, from one member of the Delano family to another.



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