From the library of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Officers Of Our Union Army: Their Lives, Their Portraits by Dean Dudley.
Sixteenmo, 148pp, , 4pp. Full pebbled cloth, title in gilt on spine and front cover. Complete with 30 portraits of Union officers. Covers slightly bowed, rubbing to cloth spine. All edges gilt, solid text block. (Sabin 21080). Previous ownership inscription in pencil. From the Franklin Roosevelt library, with bookplate No. 1018 on front endpaper. Inscribed on front free endpaper: “Franklin D. Roosevelt / Hyde Park / Very Rare.”
President Franklin Roosevelt was an avid collector of miniature books, a hobby which began in the 1890s 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).