April 2023 Catalogue

B a u m a n R a r e B o o k s A p r i l 2 0 2 3 31 Signed Limited Edition, Large-Paper Copy, Of Theodore Roosevelt’s Big Game Hunting In The Rockies, In Splendid Publisher’s Full Morocco 25. ROOSEVELT, Theodore. Big Game Hunting in the Rockies and On the Great Plains. New York and London, 1899. Thick quarto, publisher’s deluxe full onlaid pictorial crimson morocco gilt. $18,500. Signed limited first edition, one of 1000 large-paper copies signed by Roosevelt beneath the frontispiece portrait, with 55 illustrations by Remington, Frost, Beard, Sanford and others, including four etchings by R. Swain Gifford and numerous wood-engraved text illustrations. This copy very handsomely decorated with pictorial morocco onlays, including the cover emblem of a stag after an original design by Roosevelt. “Midway through Roosevelt’s third term [in the New York State Assembly] in 1884, his wife died after giving birth to a daughter. He immersed himself in legislative matters to the end of the session, then sought solace on his ranch in western Dakota—‘a land of vast silent spaces, a place of grim beauty’… For a while the 25-year-old widower considered a life of ranching, hunting, and writing” (ANB). The two works that comprise this edition were written separately: Hunting Trips of a Ranchman, published in 1885, was written during this Dakota sojourn; The Wilderness Hunter was first published in 1893. Wheelock, 7. Bookplate of John Wesley Ladd, scion of one of Portland’s pioneering families. Old dealer description laid in. Small label. A splendidly bound copy in fine condition.