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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Signed Copy of Specifications for Propelling Machinery and Electric Plant for U.S. Submarine-Torpedo Boats Nos. 72-77 (Washington: Navy Department Bureau of Steam Engineering, 1916), black leather with gilt titles, 12mo (5" x 7"), signed in full "F D Roosevelt" at bottom of final page of text. This naval text signed by FDR as Acting Secretary of the Navy also includes the approval of the California Shipbuilding Co., stamp dated "Jun 15 1916". This copy is in good condition with general wear on the binding, chipping of the leather along the spine, and minor toning in the paper.

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    A fascinating United States Navy text entitled Specifications for Propelling Machinery and Electric Plant for U.S. Submarine-Torpedo Boats, Nos. 72-77; Serial No. 21 from 1916-1917. The book is flexible leather lettered in gilt, published in Washington, D.C. in 1916. At the end of the leather bound Naval specifications text is the approval of the California Shipbuilding Company, dated June 15, 1916. Nearly a year later, on June 27, 1917, the specifications are personally approved by the Department of the Navy, the approval written in hand and signed by Acting Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt below the hand-written word "Approved." An historic document relating to the early American submarine program in the years before the United States entered the Great War, showing FDR's personal involvement in preparing the United States Navy during a critical period in the administration of President Woodrow Wilson. A truly fascinating piece.

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    June, 2008
    7th Saturday
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