Thick octavo, [five volumes], xliii, 911pp; xxi, 622pp; xx, 564pp; xix, 675pp; xxiv, 721pp. Blue cloth, title printed on spine, wear at edges of spine. Publishers first edition dust jackets, near fine, with $3.00 price on each volume, light wear at edges, separation at seams in volume I, otherwise bright. Housed in publishers slipcase, title on spine affixed to label. Previous library stamps from “The National Press Club” on leafends of every volume. Inscribed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the National Press Club in Volume I with the following inscription: “For the National Press Club / from Franklin D. Roosevelt.” Includes letter of provenance from 1985 to book dealer in Washington, DC. (Halter T-657)
Comments: President Franklin D. Roosevelt was awarded membership to the National Press Club in 1933, where he was humorously “assigned” to cover the White House. His job was to “…report not only on the detailed doings of the President, but also to provide his fellow correspondents with carbon copies of every presidential pronouncement.” He was described by fellow NPC members as: “the most promising cub reporter that ever came out of Hyde Park.” Roosevelt was notoriously friendly with the press, but was an expert at giving non-answers to reporters inquiries.