First edition of The Rough Riders by Theodore Roosevelt.
Octavo, xi, , 298pp. Olive cloth, title in gilt on spine, medallion on front cover. Top edge gilt, uncut edges. Light wear at edges, wear to cloth at bottom edge of spine, toning to spine and front cover. Frontispiece portrait of Colonel Roosevelt with tissue cover. Complete with 42 full-page plates, a mix of photography and illustrations. Short closed tear through text on pages 153/154 and the following illustrated plate. Archival tissue repair at top of gutter on copyright page. A full account of Roosevelt’s military exploits in Cuba, written as he assumed the governorship of New York. (Wheelock, 11) (Cole & Vail, A18a) An attractive copy of this scarce first edition by President Theodore Roosevelt.
The first edition of The Rough Riders was issued in May of 1899. It was issued with a dust jacket, but none are known to exist. A second and third issue were published in 1899, both identical to the first state. Theodore Roosevelt served as the 26th President of the United States. He was a prolific author, writing more than 18 books during his lifetime, beginning with The Naval War of 1812 in 1882. His other notable works include The Winning of the West, African Game Trails, and The Rough Riders.