"WITH THE AUTHOR'S AFFECTION": PRESENTATION COPY OF THIS IS MY STORY, INSCRIBED BY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT TO FREDERICK BALDWIN ADAMS, JR., FAMOUS AMERICAN BIBLIOPHILE, MORGAN LIBRARY DIRECTOR, AND FDR'S COUSIN
ROOSEVELT, Eleanor. This Is My Story. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1937. Quarto, original blue cloth, patterned endpapers, original dust jacket. $2800.
First edition, presentation copy, of Eleanor Roosevelt's autobiography, inscribed on the half title to FDR's cousin, Morgan Library Director Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr.: "For Fred & Ruth with the author's affection. Eleanor Roosevelt."
Mrs. Roosevelt's story from the time of her childhood to the beginnings of her own and her husband's life in politics, ending with the Democratic National Convention of 1924. Illustrated with over 40 photographic images of the Roosevelt family. Edens B8. This copy is inscribed to Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr. Adams was a prominent American bibliophile who served as director of the Pierpont Morgan Library between 1948 and 1969. His notable personal collections included some of the largest collections of Thomas Hardy and Robert Frost, as well as leading collections of Karl Marx and left-wing Americana. His accomplishments allowed him to become president of the Association Internationale de Bibliophile. Adams was also FDR's first cousin once removed—the son of FDR's first cousin, Ellen Walters Delano. Adams' bookplate laid in with bookplate residue to front pastedown. Admission card to Eleanor Roosevelt's funeral and invitation telegram laid in.
Book near-fine, with mild toning to extremities. Dust jacket extremely good, with light wear mainly to extremities and splits along flap joints. A most attractive inscribed copy with fascinating provenance.