Signed book: Stonewall Jackson’s Way. Limited edition of 200. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: The Torch Press, 1915. Hardcover, 6.75 x 9.25, 7 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page, “To Aunt Jobiska from her devoted nephew Theodore Roosevelt, Sept 13th 1916.” Above Roosevelt’s signature is a presentation inscription to him from the owner of the original manuscript, “Hon. Theodore Roosevelt, With regards of W.K. Bixby, St. Louis 12/16/15.” Autographic condition: very good to fine, with light soiling to signed page, dampstaining to edges, and overall feathering to Roosevelt’s signature and inscription. Book condition: G+/None. “Aunt Jobiska” is a reference to a fictional character in ‘The Pobble Who Has No Toes,’ a nonsensical poem written by English poet Edward Lear in 1877. Roosevelt had used this as a nickname for Mrs. Ralph Cross Johnson, a prominent Washingtonian and patron of the arts. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
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Superlative matte-finish 8.25 x 6.5 photo of President Roosevelt going through papers at his desk, affixed to a 9.5 x 8 mount, signed on the mount in black ink as president, “Theodore Roosevelt, Oct. 17th 1908.” White ink notation to lower left of the image reads, “Copyright 1907 by Clinedinst, Washington, DC.” Matted and framed to an overall size of 14.75 x 13.25. In fine condition. A stunning, clear photograph and wonderfully bold signature. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
ALS, one page, 4.5 x 6.75, personal letterhead, May 12, 1917. Letter to war correspondent Roy W. Howard. In full: “Believe me I appreciate to the full all that you have done. It has been a most patriotic service; I thank you from the standpoint of the country; I am very deeply grateful.” In very fine condition. Howard had had a long and distinguished career as an American journalist. Roosevelt is probably thanking him for his service as a war correspondent in Europe and Russia, particularly for his important interview with British Prime Minister David Lloyd George in 1916. In this interview, which caused a sensation, Lloyd George expressed his opposition to President Wilson’s efforts to mediate a settlement between the parties. Two years later it was Howard who sent the United Press telegram announcing the Armistice. Accompanied by an unsigned engraving. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Bold ink signature, “Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States from 1901 to 1909,” on an off-white card. Cloth-matted and framed with a portrait of Roosevelt on the campaign trail to an overall size of 14 x 18.25. In fine condition. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Exceptional vintage 15.75 x 11.25 Pach Bros. portrait of McKinley and Roosevelt sitting outdoors, affixed to an 18 x 14 mount, signed at the bottom of the image in black ink by both “William McKinley” and “Theodore Roosevelt.” Photo also bears a 1900 Pach Bros. copyright. A vertical crease between the two subjects and a few light surface scuffs, otherwise fine condition.
This grandiose campaign picture of McKinley and Roosevelt was used for the election of 1900, and is among the rarest of all presidential (and vice presidential) signed portraits. This photo also represents a little ‘camera magic.’ Truth be told, McKinley’s picture was actually taken in 1896—seated opposite Vice President Garret Hobart. Upon Hobart’s death at the start of the re-election campaign and subsequent selection of Roosevelt as McKinley’s running mate, a new photomontage was created, using the original photo and one of Roosevelt captured in 1900. Through the wonder of early 20th century technology, the negatives were melded together to form a new image for the campaign. Only the most scrutinizing eye will witness the spot where the two photos were merged. A rare and remarkably unique and oversized image—signed by two men whose administration lasted only six months. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
White House card signed in black ink, “Theodore Roosevelt.” In fine condition, with some scattered light soiling. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.