BATTLES WITH GIANT FISH, 1939, FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT'S OWN COPY WITH HIS OWNER SIGNATURE, LATER BELONGING TO PREEMINENT ROOSEVELT COLLECTOR DONALD S. CARMICHAEL
HEDGES, F.A. Mitchell. Battles with Giant Fish. London: Duckworth, (1939). Octavo, original green cloth. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. $5500.
First edition, fifth printing, of this collection of tales about high-stakes angling in exotic locales. From the library of President Roosevelt, a known fishing enthusiast, signed: "Franklin D. Roosevelt Hyde Park 1941," later belonging to distinguished Roosevelt memorabilia collector Donald S. Carmichael.
A classic text on what Hedges termed "big-game fishing," Battles with Giant Fish shares exciting stories about the author's expedition to hunt the biggest and most intimidating fish in faraway places. "Roosevelt was an avid, lifelong fisherman. After his mobility became limited when he contracted polio in 1921, FDR spent a great deal of his leisure time either sailing or fishing. Dr. Ross McIntire, Roosevelt's personal physician when he was President, advised Roosevelt to go on as many vacations as possible to improve his health. McIntire later recounted, 'Despite our bargain about regular vacations, I doubt, however, if he would have kept the agreement except for his love of the water and fishing'" (FDR Presidential Library & Museum). Without dust jacket. In addition to Franklin Roosevelt, this copy once belonged to Donald S. Carmichael, a corporate executive who began collecting Roosevelt memorabilia in 1932. He was also the author of Franklin Roosevelt and Me: Brief Encounters in the Thirties. Some of Carmichael's collection currently resides at the FDR Presidential Library & Museum at Marist University, but select items were sold to a prominent bookseller instead.
Inner paper hinges split, slight toning to spine. A nearly fine copy.