First edition of The Diaries of Julia Cowles, inscribed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the president of Washington and Lee University.
Octavo, xiii, 94pp. Brown boards, title on paper label affixed to cloth spine. No additional printings listed on copyright page. Solid text block, light soiling to front and rear covers, faint wear to spine, a very good example. In publisher’s dust jacket, $2.00 retail price on front flap, wear to edges, faint foxing to rear panel and front flap fold, a very good example. Bookplate of recipient Francis Pendleton Gaines on front pastedown endpaper. Publisher’s information leaflet with biography and facsimile bookplate of Julia Cowles laid-in. Signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt on front free endpaper, “To Dr. + Mrs. Gaines / in memory of a delightful day at Washington + Lee / Franklin D. Roosevelt.”
After marrying into the Cowles family, Theodore Roosevelt’s older sister Anna “Bamie” Roosevelt Cowles gained possession of the diaries of Julia Cowles. This copy of The Diaries of Julia Cowles is inscribed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Dr. Francis Pendleton Gaines and his wife, Sadie DuVergne Robert Gaines. Dr. Gaines was president of Washington and Lee University from 1930 to 1959.