INSCRIBED BY ETHEL ROOSEVELT
[ROOSEVELT] BISHOP, Joseph Bucklin (editor). Theodore Roosevelt's Letters To His Children. New York; Charles Scribner's Sons. 1923.
8vo. Original dark green cloth lettered gilt, top edges plain, others untrimmed; pp. [iv], v-x, [1-]-240; with photogravure portrait frontispiece, showing Roosevelt with his sons, and a 4-page illustrated facsimile letter by Roosevelt, "Darling Ethel ...", directed from the White House, Washington, printed on blue stock, mounted on stub, and tipped in; a very acceptable copy with spine lettering dulled to oblivion and a little marking to upper cover; internally clean though with substantial evidence of postcard removal to lower blank free endpaper; with a contemporary black-and-white postcard of "Entrance to Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, New York, to front pastedown.
Early edition; first published in 1919. An association copy inscribed in ink by Theodore Roosevelt's youngest daughter Ethel Roosevelt Derby who was the recipient of many of the missives quoted here, including the illustrated facsimile letter included in this edition. The inscription read, "For Miss Letts - to read aloud with her (?)Mollies, with greetings & regards from Ethel Roosevelt Derby, June 1924".
Ethel Carow Roosevelt Derby (August 13, 1891 – December 10, 1977) was the youngest daughter, and fourth child of six, of President Theodore Roosevelt. She was known by her neighbours on Long Island as "The Queen of Oyster Bay" and was instrumental in protecting her father's legacy, as well as the family home, Sagamore Hill.