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    FDR: Signed (as President) Copy of Thomas Day, The History of Sanford and Merton (London: Darton and Clark, c. 1830s), 284 pages, brown cloth with gilt titles, 16mo (3.75" x 6"), signed and dated as president in full "Franklin D Roosevelt / The White House / 1934" inside the front cover. The popular morality tale The History of Sanford and Merton was given widely to children until the late 19th century. This rare copy from FDR's White House library is in good condition with wear and some chipping on the binding, some cracking at the front hinge, and foxing and toning in the paper.

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    A rare book from Franklin D. Roosevelt's personal White House library, collected by FDR as President in 1934. Entitled The History of Sanford and Merton by Thomas Day (1748-1789), London, Darton & Clark, ca. 1830s, it is a classic literary text "for the amusement and instruction of juvenile minds." FDR signs on the inside cover: "Franklin D. Roosevelt/ The White House 1934." The book is in good condition. This famous story represents a high point in the development of the moral tale. It had a very great influence in its time. The History of Sanford and Merton offered more narrative variety than did most of the other moral tales with which the young were inundated in the late eighteenth century. The History of Sanford and Merton was given widely to children until the late nineteenth century. A wonderful personal White House library edition of FDR acquired by him early in his Presidency, which in all probability means that this book resided in The White House for over eleven years! The History of Sanford and Merton also has the personal inscription of ownership from a person who possessed the book at a point prior to FDR's acquisition in 1934. On the inside title page is signed (in calligraphic form) "W.H. Caddick./ April 24th 1845."

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    June, 2008
    7th Saturday
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