Classic February 2005
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In 1882, Theodore Roosevelt first published his Naval War of 1812. It was written as a cautionary tale to the American public, pointing out that the reasons for our Naval successes in that earlier war were not present in the American Navy of the Victorian Era. Of course, it was TR's intention to beef up the U. S. Navy, making them the equal of any opponent they may one day face, even the dominating sea power of the last 150 years and our opponent in the War of 1812, Great Britain. He received his first opportunity to make an improvement in the Navy as assistant Secretary of the Navy under McKinley. But his goal was not fully achieved until during his tenure as President of the United States. Roosevelt's active crusade for improvement of our Navy culminated with the "Great White Fleet" (the nickname for our newly constructed Atlantic Fleet that made its world cruise in late 1908 through February of 1909). According to Roosevelt's Secretary of the Navy, Victor H. Metcalf, "in weight and numbers combined, the most powerful fleet of battle ships under one command in any navy." Offered here is the two-volume set of Roosevelt's historical treatise on the War, this version published by G. Putnam's Sons of New York and London, in 1900. Each volume measures 4-1/4" x 6-5/8" and is 1" in thickness. Both have leather spines with gilded lettering and leather wrapped corners for the boards. Volume One has an ex-libris sticker of one "Frederick W. Skiff" inside its front cover, and has been boldly autographed on the first blank flyleaf, "Theodore Roosevelt ("10"). The first volume's covers have started to separate from the book at the front join to the pages, still held in place by 25% of the original joint. A triangular-shaped dark stain radiates from the top right corner of the flyleaf, occupying as much as one-sixth of the earliest pages, but diminishing to nothing by page 49. The stain encompasses the entire "Roosevelt" section of the autograph, but it is not dark enough to prevent the dark "10" state of the signature from shining through in relatively undimished intensity. (Vol. 2's interior is free of any significant blemishes.) Some flaking on the bindings is evident, but both are still quite attractive, each externally grading VG/EX overall. LOA from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA.
Two Volume Set of 1900 "The Naval War of 1812" by Teddy Roosevelt With Volume One Autographed
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