Proceedings at the Ceremony in Commemoration of the Constitution, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to his son, James Roosevelt. Octavo, 47pp., [5pp]. Black morocco, title in gilt on front panel with decorative inlays. Light wear at edges, spine slightly loose. Silk endpapers with presidential seal on front panel. Housed in custom clamshell, quarter blue morocco, blue cloth boards and interior, descriptive title on front panel on label. Inscribed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to his son James, with inscription on front free endpaper: “James from FDR. 1939.” Additional inscription on rear endpaper which states: “From the library of James Roosevelt.” An exceptional association copy. (Halter, 193)
Comments: These books were presented as Christmas gifts by Roosevelt to dignitaries and members of his family. According to Ernest Halter, bibliographer of Franklin Roosevelt, it is unknown how many of this limited edition were produced, but only three have appeared at auction since 1945, all inscribed to his immediate family. One of the scarcest of the limited edition Christmas gifts given by Roosevelt. James Roosevelt, the recipient of this book, was the eldest son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. He was active in during W.W.II, serving in the Marine Corps and receiving the distinguished Navy Cross for his service. He later served in the House of Representatives, representing the California 26th District. He passed away in 1991.