Big Game Hunting by Theodore Roosevelt, Signed, First Limited Edition 762/1000, 1899

Roosevelt, Theodore. Big Game Hunting. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1899. Signed by Theodore Roosevelt, Limited first Edition, numbered 762 / 1000. Fifty-five Illustrations.

Presented is a limited first edition copy of Big Game Hunting in the Rockies and On the Great Plains numbered 762 out of a total of 1000. Signed by Theodore Roosevelt below his portrait, this book was published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1899. Included in the book are fifty-five illustrations from Remington, Frost, Beard, Gifford, Sanford, and other well-known artists of the time. Professionally rebound in full leather and housed in an archival slipcase.

In addition to serving as the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, explorer, soldier, author, naturalist, and reformer. His 1899 Big Game Hunting is comprised of two earlier books written by Roosevelt during his time in the Dakota Badlands. Originally titled Hunting Trips of a Ranchman and The Wilderness Hunter, the two publications forming the book presented here was published before Roosevelt’s time in the White House. These early writings provide a unique insight into the young life of the president and the inspirations for his conservationist policies.

Written in 1885 and 1893 respectively, Hunting Trips of a Ranchman and The Wilderness Hunter describe young Roosevelt’s exploits in the west as he recovered from losing both his mother and wife in 1884. Full of exciting stories and intriguing descriptions, Roosevelt’s Big Game Hunting provides his personal thoughts, advice, and tales of hunting in the United States. This intriguing book combines Roosevelt’s memoir with a travelogue and combines accounts of hunting lore and culture with academic descriptions of grizzly bears.


Overall very good condition. Theodore Roosevelt’s signature under his portrait is clear and dark. The publisher also signed the page underneath the hand-written number of the 1000 limited copies. The top of the pages are edged in gilt and the side and bottom edges are deckled. Moderate creasing along the deckled edges from use. Internally, the pages are clean and bright.

The book has been beautifully rebound in full leather with a decorative black and gilt embossed stamp on the cover and banded spine. The book is housed in a protective custom archival slipcase.

Dimensions: 12” h x 9” W x 3 ¼” D (with slipcase)

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