Lot 214 of 576:
Presentation copies from Franklin D. Roosevelt  

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$15,000 - $20,000

Title:
Ten scientific pamphlets from the Presidential Cruise of 1938, six of them presentation copies inscribed by Franklin D. Roosevelt

Author:

Place:
Washington

Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution

Date:
1939-42

Description:

10 volumes. (8vo) original wrappers. Housed together in a custom clamshell box. First Editions.

First editions of these ten scientific pamphlets published as a result of collections and investigations made during Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidential Cruise of 1938—six are presentation copies inscribed and signed "FDR" on the front wrapper. Five of these were presented by FDR to his friend and long-time colleague in combating polio, Basil "Doc" O'Connor. During the summer of 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt cruised the Galapagos Islands on a scientific expedition sponsored by the Smithsonian. Aboard the U.S.S. Houston with him were scientists representing a wide field of studies. These monographs were published as government pamphlets and include at least three new species discovered and named for F.D.R. They include:
  • Flowering Plants Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938. Ellsworth P. Killip. May 27, 1939; pp. 4. Signed "R.T. McI From F.D.R."
  • Two New Gobioid Fishes Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938. Issac Ginsburg. May 31, 1939; pp. 5. Illustrated. Signed "Doc O'Connor from F.D.R." Note the first appearance of the Pycnomma Roosevelti.
  • Echinoderms (Other than Holothurians) Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938. Austin H. Clark. June 2, 1939; pp. 18 plus 5 pp. of photographic plates. Signed "Doc O'Connor from F.D.R." Note the first appearance of the Ophionereis Roosevelti.
  • A New Dicrocoeliid Trematode Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938. Allen McIntosh. June 8, 1939; pp. 2. Illustrated. Signed "Doc O'Connor from F.D.R."
  • The Polychaetous Annelids Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938. Olga Hartman. June 9, 1939; pp. 17. Illustrated. Signed "Doc O'Connor from F.D.R."
  • Coelenterates Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938. Elisabeth Deichann. January 27, 1941; pp. 17. Illustrated.
  • [Another copy].
  • Recent Foraminifera From Old Providence Island Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938. Joseph A. Cushman. January 24, 1941; pp. 14. Illustrated.
  • A New Cephalopod Mollusk Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938. Helen C. Stuart. February 4, 1941; pp. 6. Illustrated. Note the first appearance of the Octopus Roosevelti.
  • Amphipod Crustaceans Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938. Clarence R. Shoemaker. March 5, 1942; pp. 52. Illustrated. Signed "for Basil from F.D.R." 

Ownership stamp in one volume. The recipient of five of these pamphlets, Basil "Doc" O'Connor (1892-1972) was a lawyer by training; in co-operation with FDR he started two foundations for the rehabilitation of polio patients and the research on polio prevention and treatment. From 1944 to 1949 he was Chairman and President of the American Red Cross and from 1945 to 1950 he was Chairman of the League of Red Cross Societies.


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Condition:
Fine.


 
Item number:
269383
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