New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. Memorial Edition. Limited to 1,050 sets signed by Edith Kermit Roosevelt, with this being number 163. Original publisher's cloth with gilt to spines. Top edges brightly gilt. Patterned endpapers. Spines gently sunned; a few bumps to corners and one or two volumes with minor staining. Overall a Near Fine set that presents well. Inner hinge of volume three just starting, but holding well and entirely unrestored.
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. Near Fine (Item #4387)