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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Signed Limited First Edition Records of the Town of Hyde Park Dutchess County, Volume III, Edited by FDR, (Hyde Park: Dutchess County Historical Society in 1928). 4to, 340 pages, original brown cloth, gilt-lettered on cover and spine, spine rubbed, gilt lettering faded on spine, upper and lower hinges cracked, First Edition, number 96 of 100 copies.

    An extremely rare book from Franklin D. Roosevelt's personal library at Springwood in Hyde Park, New York. FDR boldly inscribes his book on the flyleaf: "No. 96 of 100 copies/ Franklin D. Roosevelt/ Hyde Park, 1928."

    Among FDR's many interests was his love for the history of the Hudson valley and in particular for the community of Hyde Park in which he grew up and which he always called home. FDR was appointed historian for the Town of Hyde Park in 1926. He completed The Records of the Town of Hyde Park in 1928. As town historian FDR was an active historic preservationist. FDR resigned as town historian in 1932 after becoming President-Elect.

    Ernest J. Halter, on page 458 of his book, Collecting First Editions of Franklin Roosevelt, published in 1949, states: "FDR also numbered each jacket in longhand - a thoroughly disagreeable task which he accomplished in one grumpy sitting."


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    An extremely rare book from Franklin D. Roosevelt's personal Hyde Park, New York library at Springwood (his home estate, now part of the National Park Service in Hyde Park, New York). Entitled Records of the Town of Hyde Park, Dutchess County, edited by Franklin D. Roosevelt, part of the "Collection of the Dutchess County Historical Society, Volume III." Published by the Dutchess County Historical Society in 1928, FDR boldly inscribes his book on the flyleaf: "No. 96 of 100 copies/ Franklin D. Roosevelt/ Hyde Park, 1928." This magnificent and rare book from editor Franklin D. Roosevelt is 4to., original brown cloth, gilt-lettered on cover and spine, spine rubbed, gilt lettering faded on spine, upper and lower hinges cracked, First Edition, one of 100 copies. What a testament to FDR's passion as an antiquarian and local Hyde Park, New York historian. FDR issues this limited series in the year of his wondrous political comeback and election as Governor of New York in 1928. Ernest J. Halter, on page 458 of his masterpiece Collecting First Editions of Franklin Roosevelt, published in 1949, states: "FDR also numbered each jacket in longhand – a thoroughly disagreeable task which he accomplished in one grumpy sitting." A rare and fabulous historical archive from the very hand of Franklin D. Roosevelt himself.



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