From the library of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hoyle’s Improved Edition Of The Rules For Playing Fashionable Games.
24mo, 288pp. Full black leather, title in gilt on cover. Rubbing to boards, loss at top of spine. Frontispiece fold-out chess board, rules for “Game of Whist” affixed to second free endpaper with clip. Games described include Chess, Quadrille, Pharo, Cribbage, Cassino, Connexions, Lottery, Domino, Back-Gammon, Druaghts, Cricket, Horse-Racing, Cocking, etc. This copy is signed by Franklin Roosevelt in pencil on the front endpaper, with “Hyde Park / 1925” added after his signature. Roosevelt Library tag below signature.
President Franklin Roosevelt was an avid collector of miniature books, a hobby which began in the 1890’s and continued throughout his presidency. A complete list of his collection does not exist, since the books were located at the White House, Hyde Park and Campobello Island. After his death in 1945, his collection was divided up between members of the family and the National Park Service at Hyde Park. The first part of the collection was sold at auction in 1951 by Hammer Galleries of New York. At the estate sale for Eleanor Roosevelt in 1964, additional miniature books were sold at auction. (The Microbibliophile, Volume XXXVII, Number 1, Issue 211, January 2018) (FDR’s Little Books, Weber).