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ROOSEVELT, Franklin D.

D-Day Prayer.

From the White House. June 6, 1944. Here printed for his friends at Christmastide 1944.

Washington, DC, privately printed at the U.S. Government Printing Office, 1944 Stock Code: 132010
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First and sole edition, inscribed by Roosevelt on the front free endpaper, "For Fred Adams, Christmastide 1944, from Franklin D. Roosevelt"; number 76 of 100 copies privately printed at the White House Printing Office. The recipient, Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr. (1910-2001), was the son of Roosevelt's cousin Ellen Walters Delano, and was the second director of the Pierpont Morgan Library; succeeding Bella da Costa Greene in the role in 1948. He had a close relationship the President, regularly visiting the White House, and participating in a number fishing excursions together. As a personal collector he was renowned in the trade and held a "formidable collection of radical literature, perhaps the largest in the United States", which was later sold to Karl-Marx-Haus in Trier (American Antiquarian Society Obituary, John Bidwell). Adams also collected Roosevelt's speeches and personal arcana, such as the present work, which he then catalogued, commenting that "it was sort of a joke between us that I was his bibliographer" (New York Times Obituary, 25 January, 2001). Roosevelt's moving address announcing the invasion of Normandy was written "in his study during the night as the news of the invasion began to reach the White House" (Christian Science Monitor, June 6, 1944). It was delivered over radio to an estimated audience of 100 million on 6 June, only hours after the attack began, making it one of the largest single mass prayers in human history at the time (John Meacham, American Gospel, p.171). Roosevelt's Christmas books, largely distributed to friends and family, are now uncommon. It was his final Christmas book; he died only four months later.

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Quarto, pp. [12]. Original japon-backed marbled boards, green morocco label to spine, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Housed in a blue card slipcase. Housed in a dark blue quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.


Printed in calligraphic type in red, blue, and black ink with two-line initials within red frames.


A fine copy.


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