32nd President. Signed book: The Democratic Book 1936. Limited edition, numbered 2120 of an unspecified limitation. Gilt-stamped leatherbound hardcover, 11.5 x 14.5, 384 pages. Signed “Franklin D. Roosevelt” on the beautifully designed colophon in fountain pen, below a watercolor vignette of the White House.
A lavishly produced promotional ‘year book’ for the Democratic Party, this volume contains features on accomplishments by Democrats, images of FDR’s cabinet, and ads. The selling of advertising space—and the selling of the book itself to corporations, at $250 per copy—aroused much controversy at the time, and objections were raised that these de facto corporate contributions violated the Corrupt Practices Act which prohibited corporations from contributing to national campaigns. An impressive and substantial book with a gorgeous signed page.
The book has some edge wear and chipping. The important part – the wonderful signed White House image – remains in near fine condition.