Author Name Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt
Title The Winning of the West
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons 1899
Seller ID 001408
G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1900. Daniel Boone edition, #22 of only 200 copies. "In the first volume of each set is inserted a sheet of the author's original manuscript." Presentation copy to the editor of "Book News" Philadelphia; tipped in index card (second blank leaf) in Roosevelt's hand -- "I fear my "purpose" in writing the Winning of the West must be gathered by the reader himself; I can only say that it seemed to me well worth while to write of the deeds of the frontiersmen, and of their victories, sufferings and defeats, as they conquered the continent which we inherit, and laid broad and deep, the foundation of the mightiest of all Republics. Theodore Roosevelt"; assumed first owner. Four octavo (6-5/8" x 10-1/8") volumes. Publisher bound in full red morocco leather. Spine gilt-lettered with 5 raised bands. Gilt-framed morocco-bordered doublures with marbled centers and endpapers. Volumes 1, 2, and 4 include 26 plates each plus one folding map each (vol 2 includes 2 maps), all as called for. Volume 3 missing plate on page 94, "General Charles C Pinckney, From a miniature by Malbone" -- no trace of plate, appears to not even have been bound originally; otherwise, includes 24 plates plus one folding map. Appears to have had 4 owners. Library, most recent owner; lower third of each volume spine professionally restored after sticker removal. Only other library markings are cardpockets in each volume on front free endpaper and a five-digit catalog number inked on each title page; no stamping. Bookplate of "W Baldersta" on front pastedown of all volumes; 3rd owner. Assumed 2nd owner, noted St Louis art and book collector, William K Bixby -- signature on front free endpaper and following blank; first volume only. Leather bright and well preserved; some soiling, slight darkening to spines; some wear/scuffing to edges and hinges and raised bands, back left corner of Volume 3 worn through. Top edge gilt. Please inquire for photos. A beautiful and historic set.
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