Publisher’s mockup of The Democratic Book, printed for the 1936 Democratic National Convention.
Large folio, [348pp]. Leather cover, gilt lettered title on cover. Worn at edges, with some flaking on the covers. Silk end papers, gilt top edge. Includes a blank limitation page, where President Roosevelt would sign for donors. Does not include the watercolor portrait of the White House that would be found on the final product. A unique piece of Roosevelt ephemera, with no record of other copies on record.
This book was published by the Democratic National Committee to raise funds for the party. It was sold for $250, which marked the first time a sitting President had actively helped raise funds for a political party. It created a minor scandal at the time, with Republicans attempting to exploit it to their political advantage during the 1936 election. (Halter T-119)