Inscribed first edition of Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History by Robert E. Sherwood to his aunt, Lydia Field Emmet. Octavo, xvii, 979pp. Black cloth, title printed on spine, some wear to top edge of cloth, stain marks to both covers. Stated “first edition” with I-X and 10-8 codes on copyright page. (Halter T-855) In publishers dust jacket, $6.00 retail price on front flap, bright illustrations, touch of sunning to spine, residue from previous dust jacket cover on front flap, an overall scarce near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author, dated October 1948, the month of publication to his aunt, the American artist Lydia Field Emmet: “For my darling Aunt Lyd, with the love and the veneration of a member of the generation for whom she has been (artistically) a shining light and (emotionally) an indomitable friend, supporter, inspirer and (in the finest sense of the word) relative – from her grateful and loving nephew, who had the privilege of writing this book – Robert Emmet Sherwood. October 1948.”
Comments: The recipient of this book, Lydia Field Emmet was an American portrait artist. Her work can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the White House. This work by Robert E. Sherwood was produced using materials from 40 crates of secret records, correspondence, official documents and notes from Harry Hopkins, a close confidant of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Harry Hopkins (1890 – 1946) served as the 8th Secretary of Commerce and administrator of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. As World War II began, Hopkins became the primary contact between Soviet and American governments.