Theodore Roosevelt Autograph in “Complete Works of Theodore Roosevelt” Goes for $5,093
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Theodore Roosevelt Autograph
Theodore Roosevelt Autograph as President; Theodore Roosevelt Autograph in Copy of His Complete Works — 15 Volumes
“The Complete Works of Theodore Roosevelt” executive edition with Theodore Roosevelt autograph as President, published by P.F. Collier & Son: New York: 1899. The front free endpaper of the first volume bears the President’s autograph dedication, “With good wishes of / Theodore Roosevelt / Nov 7th 1904”. Complete 15-volume set comprises volumes titled in part, “American Ideals”, “The Wilderness Hunter”, “Hunting the Grisly and Other Sketches”, “The Winning of the West”, “The Naval War of 1812”, “The Rough Riders” and “Addresses and State Papers”. Bound in navy blue cloth boards with contrasting print lettering to spines. Each volume measures 5.75″ x 8″. Volumes show a great deal of loss to the print lettering on the spine as typical of this set. Light surface loss to exterior edges and toning to page edges. The volume “Presidential Addresses & State Papers” has a tear to its first page and signed first volume shows some light staining to boards, else lot is near fine overall. Sold for $5,093.
Theodore Roosevelt Autograph in “African Game Trails” Limited Edition
“African Game Trails,” with Theodore Roosevelt autograph clearly on the limitation page. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons: 1910. Two volumes. Signed limited first edition, number 204 of 500 copies, has 50 illustrations, including photographs, photogravures, drawings and a map. This work was the result of Roosevelt’s ten-month hunting trip through central and northern Africa, begun after leaving the White House in March 1909. In original brown cloth boards with leather trim and gilt spine lettering, book measures 6.75″ x 10″. Boards and spine have some wear, else very good condition. Very collectible Theodore Roosevelt autograph. Sold for $3,693.
Theodore Roosevelt autograph in his limited edition of his ”Big Game Hunting in the Rockies and on the Great Plains.” New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons: 1899. Number 972 of 1,000. Fountain ink signature to pictorial frontispiece reads ”Theodore Roosevelt” beneath a masculine photograph showing Roosevelt in Rough Rider regalia taken by Civil War photographer George G. Rockwood. This volume combines two previous Roosevelt books ”Hunting Trips of a Ranchman” and ”The Wilderness Hunter.” 476pp. measures 9” x 11.5” and weighs 7 pounds. Wear and some soiling to beige cloth boards, with tape along edges to keep cover intact. Previous owner’s inscription to front free endpaper, else interior is well-preserved, and all 55 illustrations are fully intact with tissue guards. Signed Rough Rider photograph of Roosevelt is display-worthy and near fine. This lot of 2 also includes ”Barns Of California” issued by the California Historical Society. First edition 1974. A collection by Earl Thollander, this book features black and white illustrations of the varied barn styles. Red cloth boards with lovely gilt hillside image. Approximately 65 pages measuring 9” x 12.25”. Original dustjacket has tear along spine and bottom corner, along with smudging and general wear. Overall very good condition. Sold for $3,049.
President Theodore Roosevelt autograph on typed letter on official White House letterhead, dated 4 June 1904. Letter is addressed to his friend Charles Jesse ”Buffalo” Jones, whom Roosevelt appointed head Game Warden of Yellowstone National Park in 1902. Here, Roosevelt discusses bison, as Jones was a proponent of the animal and introduced them to the park. Reads in full: ”I am very sorry to learn of the death of those wild buffalo, but I am much pleased at what you tell me of the calf crop in the tame herd. I will take up at once with the Secretary the matter of cross-breeding, and let you know.” With a large and bold ”Theodore Roosevelt” signature. Also includes original postmarked envelope and a 3” x 3.25” photo of the President on horseback. Single page typed letter on a single sheet of card-style stationery measures 7.25” x 8.75”. Toning and small chips to edges. Very good condition. Sold for $1,875.
Theodore Roosevelt autograph in first edition of his ”The Rough Riders”, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons: New York: 1899. ”The Rough Riders” is the tale of Roosevelt’s military battles during the Spanish-American war, in which he enlisted in the 1st Volunteer Regiment of the U.S. Army and fought at the Battle of San Juan. First edition features Roosevelt’s signature to front free endpaper, elegantly signed ”Theodore Roosevelt”. Clothed in olive green cloth boards with gilt lettering and ”Rough Riders” medallion to front cover. Runs 298pp. with black and white photographs throughout. Measures 5.75” x 8.75”. Also included is a U.S. Army Paymasters document from June 1898 showing payments made to the 1st Volunteer ”Rough Riders” Regiment in the amount of $1,714.62. Document measures 22” x 18”; near fine save for folds. Book contains two ex-libris stickers to front pastedown, light cocking to spine and slight detachment at hinge. Good condition. Sold for $1,875.
Theodore Roosevelt autograph on large photo, signed as President. Photo of a seated Roosevelt looking relaxed and pensive is mounted to a mat inscribed, ”To F.L. Dunlap with high appreciation of the public service he has rendered, with the warm good wishes of Theodore Roosevelt / Feb 25th 1909”. Black and white photograph itself measures 13.75” x 16.25”. Matted and framed nicely to an overall size of 25.5” x 30.5”. Chip to lower right corner of the photo, toning to mat and a small tear to the mat running vertically through the inscription not affecting the signature. Dr. F.L. Dunlap was the father of WWII Rear Admiral Stanton Baldwin Dunlap. Frame is likely original. Sold for $1,563.
Theodore Roosevelt Autograph and William H. Taft Autograph on 1907 Military Appointment with Roosevelt as President
Theodore Roosevelt autograph on military appointment, as President, dated 2 May 1907, from Washington, D.C. Countersigned by Secretary of War William Taft. Document appoints Jacob M. Coward “Captain in the Artillery Corps”. Document measures 21″ x 16″, with toning, smoothed folds and a blue “War Office” seal in the lower left corner. Very good condition. Sold for $1,500.
Theodore Roosevelt Autograph on Photo as President
Theodore Roosevelt autograph on photo as President, also dated by Roosevelt on 10 February 1906. Photo, measuring 3.5″ x 5.5″, is in very good condition with moderate dampstaining on the mat. Signature is very elegant and bold. Wood frame measures 11.5″ x 13.5″. Sold for $1,456.
Theodore Roosevelt autograph on photograph, dated 22 April 1902. Roosevelt signs and dates this sepia-toned photograph, ”To Char. A. Boynton Esq. / With warm regards of Theodore Roosevelt” to bottom of image. 5.5” x 9” photograph is affixed to tan cardboard mat, which measures 10.5” x 14.75”. Mat is toned and chipped at corners, easily framed out. Photograph is lightly silvered, otherwise near fine. Sold for $1,250.
Theodore Roosevelt autograph on photo, as President. Roosevelt inscribes the mat in black ink just 2 days before permanently leaving office: ”To Rho Chapter / Delta Kappa Epsilon / fraternally / Theodore Roosevelt / March 2nd 1909”. Photo is stamped at bottom right, ”PACH BROS”. Mat and photo measure 6.25” x 9”, frame measures 8.25” x 11”. Photograph has some punctures and toning to mat. Signature is bold and clean, overall very good condition. Sold for $1,250.
Theodore Roosevelt Autograph on White House Card
Theodore Roosevelt autograph on White House card, “Theodore Roosevelt” in black ink, certainly as President. Measures 4.25″ x 2.75″. Toning and surface loss to verso, else fine. Sold for $1,226.
Theodore Roosevelt autograph on photo. His stately figure stands at the center of a group of men in suits. He signs ”Theodore Roosevelt” in black ink to the border at center. Accompanying his signature are 18 others, apparently the same 18 gentlemen pictured. Names include that of political journalist J.J. Montague and E.S. Wilson, Donald Geddes, F.S. Ellsworth, Norman Draper, Robert Peck, M.E. Kaletzki, E.C. Hill, D.M. Williams and Charles Hambridge. 9.5” x 7.75” photo is mounted to a decorative paper mat to an overall size of 14” x 12”. Mat is only fair, with dampstaining and chipping. Photo itself only has light foxing, else near fine. Sold for $1,220.
Theodore Roosevelt autograph on document, signed as President. He pens, ”Theodore Roosevelt” in ink to the lower right of the document, a naval commission appointing Francis Garfield Randall to the position of Warrant Machinist on the USS West Virginia. Dated 4 March 1906, document features a blue seal at bottom center. Single-page measures 15” x 18.5”. Toning, partial detachment to seal and a family tree drawn on verso, else near fine. Sold for $1,220.
Excellent Theodore Roosevelt Autograph on Typed Letter With His Holograph Postscript — “…the Federal Courts have…[created] a zone in which the corporations were left absolutely free…”
Theodore Roosevelt autograph on typed letter with his holograph postscript. Upon his personal stationery dated 22 September 1911, typed letter to James Kennedy, former Ohio Congressman, reads in full, “I have received a copy of that speech, and shall carefully read it. But don’t you think that the Governors in their recent action were really driven to it by the fact that the Federal Courts have confined themselves to giving negative power only to the Constitution, that is, to forbid now the State, now the Federal authorities, to interfere; and thereby to create a zone in which the corporations were left absolutely free. Sincerely yours, [signed] Theodore Roosevelt”. He adds in his hand, “We must assert control over the railway, not in an academic but in a real and efficient fashion on behalf of the people.” Single-page slightly trimmed letter on a sheet of “The Outlook” stationery measures 6″ x 7.5″. Mounted to paper with newsprint slips affixed to verso. Buckling, toning and adhesive residue to verso. In good condition with superb content. Sold for $1,202.Theodore Roosevelt Autograph on Partially Handwritten, Partially Typed Letter Signed as President — to Hamilton Fish, “…I am amused at your letter…”
President Theodore Roosevelt autograph on typed letter with an additional handwritten note by Roosevelt on White House stationery, dated 28 March 1907. Letter to Hamilton Fish, former Senator and Secretary of State, reads, “My dear Mr. Fish: I am amused at your letter: and am sure you are quite right about the gentleman in question. They talk differently here! With regards, believe me. Sincerely yours, Theodore Roosevelt.” 7″ x 8.75″ letter beautifully framed to an overall size of 24″ x 21″. Near fine condition. Sold for $1,068.
Theodore Roosevelt Autograph on 1903 Appointment, as President — Countersigned by War Secretary & Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Elihu Root
Theodore Roosevelt autograph on appointment, signed as President, dated 17 August 1903, from the “City of Washington”. Document appoints Cromwell Stacey “Captain of Infantry” and is countersigned by notable War Secretary Elihu Root. Includes a large blue seal in the lower left corner, with even toning and smoothed folds. Near fine document measures 21″ x 16″. Sold for $1,012.
Theodore Roosevelt Autograph on Document, Signed as President
Theodore Roosevelt autograph on document signed as president. Dated 4 February 1909, document appoints one James Clove to the position of Postmaster in Provo, Utah. Countersigned by the Postmaster General. Partially-printed document measures 21″ x 16″. Light toning, creasing near the seal and scattered minor foxing, else near fine. Sold for $913.
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