Franklin Delano Roosevelt's personal copy of "The Great Smoky Mountains" by Laura Thornborough. Published by Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, 1937. 160 pages with 16 full page illustrations from photographs and 27 pen-and-ink drawings by Vivian Moir. Hard cover green cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt. Cream colored dustjacket. Signed and dated on the cover page with inscription reading "April 15 – 1937 For President Franklin D. Roosevelt. May this little book on [The Great Smoky Mountatins] ten years in preparation recall pleasant memories of your visit in the fall of 1936 is the hope of its author Laura Thornborough", with inscription in FDR's handwriting reading "Franklin Roosevelt The White House 1937" below. Signed and dated on the back of the front page with inscription reading "To Fred B. Adams Jr. With all best wishes on his 55th and all to come John Fleming March 28, 1955". Also includes a Franklin Delano Roosevelt collection inventory card. Book – 8 7/8" H x 6" W x 1 1/2" D. Mid 20th century. Note: In 1935, Franklin D. Roosevelt allotted more than $1.5 million to help obtain land for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Civilian Conservation Corps, established by Roosevelt, did much of the work to develop it for public use. Roosevelt dedicated the Park at its official opening in 1940. CONDITION: Dust cover present. Toning to dust cover, particularly on spine.
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