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A set of works inscribed by Roosevelt:] Georgia Warm Springs Foundation Annual Report for the Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 1940; The Story of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
Warm Springs, GA & New York: Georgia Warm Springs Foundation & The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1940 & 1941 - 4 works, octavo. 2 copies of the GWSF annual report: 1 in original green cloth with green endpapers, 1 in original blue boards with blue endpapers, both with titles gilt and illustration mounted to front board as issued. 2 copies of The Story of the NFIP, both with original blue boards, titles to front board in white, blue endpapers, printed on burnished coarse-woven paper. Housed together in a custom blue solander box and chemise. An exceptional set. GWSF annual report: photographic portrait frontispiece of Franklin D. Roosevelt, several similar illustrations to the text. First editions, first printings of two separate titles. All signed by Roosevelt. The copy of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation (GWSF) annual report in blue boards has Roosevelt's presentation inscription to the front blank: "To Basil O'Connor - the motor-power that turned the wheels from Franklin D. Roosevelt 6/30/41 Hyde Park". Below, O'Connor has written: "This is #2 of 6 copies only in this binding. FDR has #1 - Keith Morgan has #3. BoC". The copy in green boards bears the ownership inscription to the front blank: "Basil O'Connor's Copy. #12 of 15 copies in this binding". Basil O'Connor was a lawyer who worked as chief fundraiser for the GWSF, a treatment and rehabilitation centre for sufferers of polio founded by Roosevelt in 1927 (Wilson 2009). Keith Morgan was a New York insurance salesman hired by O'Connor to revitalise fundraising in the aftermath of the Wall Street Crash. The report is supplemented by "a brief history of the Foundation and a summary of its activities since its organization in 1927". In 1938, O'Connor, alongside the now President Roosevelt, would found the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (NFIP). Both copies of The Story of the NFIP are signed by Roosevelt on p.3 and O'Connor on p.6, in his capacity as president of the foundation. These works, all in superb condition, together constitute an exceedingly uncommon record of a President's commitment to a cause for him of great personal significance. Daniel J. Wilson, Polio (Westport: Greenwood, 2009). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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