Signed book: Looking Forward. First edition. NY: The John Day Company, 1933. Hardcover bound in blue cloth with gilt stamping, 5.5 x 7.75, 279 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in fountain pen to his friend and philanthropic partner Basil O'Connor, "For D. B. O'Connor, from his ancient partner, Franklin D. Roosevelt." Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG+/None, with "Library of Basil O'Connor" ink stamps to the endpapers, and a "Library of Lawrence E. Miller" blindstamp to a rear page.
Roosevelt and O'Connor had practiced law together in the 1920s and early 30s, and worked closely to eradicate polio, co-founding the important Georgia Warm Springs Foundation for the rehabilitation of polio victims. Published in March 1933 when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was first inaugurated, this bestselling outline of FDR's progressive 'New Deal' values was almost certainly signed during his presidency. As an exceptionally well-preserved tome from the personal library of Roosevelt's generous friend and advisor, this is a superior presidential piece. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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