"THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR ITSELF": PUBLIC PAPERS AND ADDRESSES OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, 1938, ONE OF ONLY 500 SETS, VOLUME I WITH TIPPED-IN 1933 TYPED LETTER ON WHITE HOUSE LETTERHEAD SIGNED BY FDR, RICHLY BOUND IN FULL MOROCCO BY ZAEHNSDORF
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Volumes I-V. New York: Random House, 1938. Five volumes. Octavo, contemporary full crushed blue-green morocco, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $8500.
First editions, limited deluxe issue printed on finer paper, of Volumes I-V of Roosevelt's collected public papers, featuring material from his first term as Governor of New York through the 1936 re-election, Volume I with a tipped-in typed letter on White House letterhead signed by Roosevelt, dated less than a month after his inauguration as America's 32nd president, bound in full crushed morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf.
This sumptuous 5-volume set contains all the significant public speeches of Roosevelt during some of the most turbulent years of American history, including his fireside chats, messages to Congress, important executive orders and official promulgations from 1928 through 1936. The volumes are entitled: The Genesis of the New Deal 1928-1932; The Year of Crisis 1933; The Advance of Recovery and Reform 1934; The Court Disapproves 1935; The People Approve 1936.
Volume I contains a typed letter on White House letterhead (7 by 8-1/2 inches), signed by him as president, tipped-in before the title page. Dated "April 1, 1933," it reads: "My dear Mrs. Graham: I do want to tell you how much I appreciate that very nice letter you have sent me. It is especially pleasing coming from one of the Delanos. I am grateful indeed for your prayers. My best wishes to you and Mr. Graham. Very sincerely yours, [signed] Franklin D. Roosevelt, [text] Mrs. M. D. Graham, Burlington, North Dakota." The letter is dated less than a month after his inauguration as America's 32nd president. In his inaugural address (Vol. II), FDR famously proclaimed: "This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper… let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Each volume features an introduction by Roosevelt. Edited by Samuel I. Rosenman, Roosevelt's counsel while he was Governor of New York. Roosevelt's Public Papers ultimately totaled 13 volumes. The recipient, Mrs. M. D. Delano, was a respected local North Dakota historian. While the specific genealogy remains unverified, she is likely "one of the Delanos"—as described by FDR—through marriage or other kinship within the family of Warren Delano, Jr., FDR's maternal grandfather.
A fine set, beautifully bound.