Franklin Roosevelt, Peter Parley, Tales About Europe, Asia, Africa and America, Signed


Franklin Roosevelt Signs at the White House

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Franklin Roosevelt signed this copy of Peter Parley’s Tales About Tales About Europe, Asia, Africa and America, in 1934. He also includes “The White House / 1934” with his signature.

Peter Parley was the pseudonym of Samuel Goodrich, a east coast bookseller and publisher. His illustrated annual, The Token published early works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Lydia Maria Child. The Peter Parley Tales were adventure stories written for young people.

Goodrich also served in both the Massachusetts’ State House and Senate. FDR was a prolific collector of books and was especially interested in travel.  He may have especially enjoyed the wonderful woodcut illustrations depicting people and places around the world.  Two world globe illustrations mark a double-sided frontispiece.

A chance to own a wonderful book that sat in the White House with the President.

Very good; tight; lt. bumping only.

(Roosevelt, Franklin D.)  Parley, Peter (psued, Samuel G. Goodrich).  TALES ABOUT EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA. AND AMERICA.  London:  Thomas Tegg & Sons, 1839.  Inscribed on front flyleaf:  “Frank D. Roosevelt / The White House / 1934.”  Thick, square 16mo.; 540.; 4th edition enlarged; folding maps; 186 wood engravings; original gilt-pictorial blue-green cloth boards; new gilt-titled cloth spine.