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[Roosevelt | Franklin D.] Brown | Henry Collins

Old New York

Miniature Book



From the library of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Old New York by Henry Collins Brown.

Red morocco leather, title stamped in gilt on cover, 228pp. Chipping along edges, solid text block. Contains over 125 full page illustrations of New York City. This work is number three in a series of Tarry-at-Home Travel books, with Old Brooklyn and Old Yonkers preceding this volume. This work is signed by Franklin Roosevelt, with “Hyde Park / 1923” added after his signature.

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).

Additional information

Location Published

New York


Valentine Manual Press


Miniature Book

Date Published



Leather bound


Very Good


[Roosevelt | Franklin D.] Brown | Henry Collins


[Roosevelt | Franklin D.]