FIRST SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S OUTDOOR PASTIMES OF AN AMERICAN HUNTER
ROOSEVELT, Theodore. Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905. Octavo, modern three-quarter tan pigskin in the style of the original binding, uncut. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
First signed limited edition, number 54 of only 260 copies signed by Roosevelt, with photographic frontispiece portrait and numerous photographic plates.
Roosevelt colorfully relates his adventures hunting bear, deer, cougar and other game in such locales as the Rocky Mountains and Yellowstone Park. "Like Audubon, William Elliott, and Judge Caton, Roosevelt liked to chase deer with horses and hounds: 'To be able to ride through woods and over rough country at full speed, rifle or shotgun in hand, and then to leap off and shoot at a running object is to show that one has the qualities which made the cavalry of Forrest so formidable in the Civil War.' This volume also contains an excellent chapter on 'Books on Big Game' in which Roosevelt reveals his admiration for two other giants among deer hunters: Judge Caton and T.S. Van Dyke" (Wegner, 234). A few sections of this book originally appeared in the publications of the Boone and Crockett Club and in Whitney's Deer Family; this is their first appearance together in book form. Preceded by the first trade edition. Wheelock, 10. Phillips, 320.
A nicely restored copy in fine condition.