Lot 44: Signed book: The Democratic Book, 1936. Limited edition, numbered 1154 of an unspecified limitation. Gilt-stamped leatherbound hardcover, 11.5 x 14.5, 384 pages. Signed on the beautifully designed colophon in fountain pen by Roosevelt beneath a watercolor vignette of the White House. The original owner's name, "M. H. Baker," is also stamped on the cover. In very good condition, with wear to the spine and covers, soiling to endpapers, and a cracked front hinge. A lavishly produced promotional 'year book' for the Democratic Party, this 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.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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