New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. Memorial Edition. Limited to 1,050 sets signed by Edith Kermit Roosevelt, with this being number 397. Finely bound by Stikeman for Charles Scribner's Sons, in half crushed morocco with five raised bands, spines and boards ruled in gilt. Top edges brightly gilt. Marbled endpapers. Spines retaining their bright colors. Minor chipping, snags or loss to crowns of approximately 10 volumes. A few bumps or nicks to corners, but overall a bright and pleasing set that presents well.
Statesman, soldier, conservationist, and author, Theodore Roosevelt remains one of the most influential and popular presidents in United States history. Roosevelt entered political life as Assistant Secretary of the Navy before earning renown as the leader of the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War at the end of the nineteenth century. He then served as Governor of New York, a position that helped burnish his reputation before serving as Vice President during the William McKinley administration. After McKinley's assassination just two years into his Presidency, Roosevelt became president, before winning the 1904 election outright. He championed anti-trust policies and ushered in a new era of conservation by establishing the United States Forest Service in 1905 and securing the protection of large swaths of U.S. lands by creating national parks, monuments, and reserves. His foreign policy work is highlighted by the U.S.'s role in creating the Panama Canal, although allegations of corruption and other malpractices tinge Roosevelt's role. Despite these allegations and an imperialist perspective on foreign policy, Roosevelt remains one of the most admired U.S. public figures in history. As an author, he helped create the narrative accounts that would help cement his legacy as one of the most important American civic leaders. (Item #3872)