Mr. Roosevelt by Compton Mackenzie, Signed and Inscribed by Franklin D. Roosevelt to his son, 1944

Mackenzie, Compton. Mr. Roosevelt. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co, inc., 1944. First Edition. Illustrated. Signed and inscribed by Roosevelt to his son Elliot. Blue cloth binding with burgundy embossed titles and spine, burgundy top edge, with a new custom leather and cloth slipcase. 

Presented is a first edition printing of Mr. Roosevelt by Compton Mackenzie, personally owned by Franklin D. Roosevelt and signed and inscribed to his son, Elliot.  Roosevelt signed and inscribed the book on the front fly leaf to his son, Elliot, as "Pa", and then additionally signed his inscription underneath with his name in full. "For Elliot with Love from his affectionate Pa / Franklin D. Roosevelt." Signatures are in blue ink. 

Mr. Roosevelt is an illustrated biographical study of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Published during wartime, and just a year before Roosevelt’s death, the book offered readers an insight into the life of their leader, four times elected to the office of President. This is a scarce title with an important FDR inscription, lovingly gifted and effusively inscribed to his son, Elliot, currently serving his nation in WWII. 

Elliot Roosevelt was an American aviation official and wartime officer in the United States Army Air Forces, reaching the rank of brigadier general in 1945. In the year this book was published and gifted, Elliott received command of the 8th Air Force's reconnaissance wing in England.  He worked on the shuttle-bombing project with the USSR, and participated in the May 1944 mission to the USSR which inspected the new American bases at Poltava, Mirgorod, and Piryatin. His units also supported the D-Day invasion of Normandy and the bombing campaign against V-weapon sites.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) was in his second term as governor of New York when he was elected as the nation’s 32nd president in 1932. With the country struggling with the Great Depression, Roosevelt acted to restore public confidence. In his first inaugural address, Roosevelt declared that “This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and prosper…[T]he only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Roosevelt closed all banks while he quickly issued reforming legislation, the Emergency Banking Relief Act. Speaking directly to the public in a series of radio broadcasts or “fireside chats," he restored public confidence and prevented harmful bank runs. His ambitious slate of New Deal programs, including the Public Works Administration, the Works Progress Administration, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Social Security Act, redefined the role of the federal government in the lives of Americans.

Reelected by comfortable margins in 1936, 1940, and 1944, FDR led the United States from isolationism to victory over Nazi Germany and its allies in World War II. He spearheaded the successful wartime alliance between Britain, the Soviet Union, and the United States and helped lay the groundwork for the post-war peace organization that would become the United Nations. The only American president in history to be elected four times, Roosevelt died in office in April 1945.

Author Compton Mackenzie was born in West Hartlepool, England on January 17, 1883. He studied law at Magdalen College in Oxford, but stopped in 1907 to focus on his writing career. He served with British Intelligence during World War I and later published four books about his experiences during this time. He published ninety books in his lifetime. He was also a broadcaster and founded and edited the magazine Gramophone. He was knighted in 1952 and died in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 30, 1972.


Very good condition overall.  Blue cloth binding with burgundy embossed titles and spine and burgundy top edge. Boards lightly rubbed with a faint stain. Internally crisp and clean, with but one page with a red smudge. Illustrated throughout. Housed in a quarter blue leather and cloth slip case with raised bands and gilt titles. Signature and inscription on front flyleaf, in blue ink. Signature is legible and clear.

Book Dimensions: 9 3/4"H x 6 1/8"W x 1 1/2"D

Case Dimensions: 9 5/8"H x 6 3/4"W x 2 1/8"D

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