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Murder in the Rose Garden

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First edition of Murder in the Rose Garden by Elliott Roosevelt, inscribed to his wife, Patricia Peabody Roosevelt.

Octavo, 232pp. Black hardcover. Stated “first edition” with a full number line. Publisher’s near fine dust jacket, light sunning to spine.

Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “To my one and only loved one, Patty, who has lived through such hardship, being married to me these last several years. My illnesses have been overwhelming to a very gallant and brave lady. Thank you, dearest, but you’ll never know how much I appreciate and love you. -Your imperfect husband, Elliott Roosevelt / Christmas, 1989.”

Elliott Roosevelt (1910-1990) was the son of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. He served as a U.S. Army Air Corps officer during World War II, earning the rank of Brigadier General. Elliott had a tumultuous personal life marked by multiple marriages and struggles with alcoholism. Despite his familial connections, he often found himself at odds with his parents, particularly his father, due to their differing political views and his own rebellious nature. Elliott Roosevelt authored several books, including a series of detective novels and memoirs recounting his experiences in the military and his relationship with his famous parents. Eight of the novels were published during his lifetime, with the remaining sixteen after his death in 1990, which were completed by his friend, William Harrington.

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Location Published

New York


St. Martin's Press


First Edition, First Printing

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Jacket Condition

Near Fine


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