First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #4758
San Francisco: Whitaker & Ray-Wiggin Co., 1912. First Edition. Signed by the author “With the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt | May 7th, 1912” on front free endpaper. Octavo; 154pp. Tipped-in portrait frontis with facsimile signature printed beneath. Green cloth-covered boards with gilt stamped lettering. No dustjacket, as issued. Boards bumped at corners and spine ends, with another small bump to top front edge and some toning and foxing down spine and on back. Color faded, but gilding is still bright. Front board opens a bit shakily, but binding is holding soundly. Free endpapers toned and some offsetting opposite frontis with pages bumped at top corner throughout, else clean and unmarked.
Collection of lectures given as part of the Earl Lecture Series at the Pacific Theological Seminary in Berkeley in 1911. The lectures include "Realizable Ideals," "The Home and the Child," "The Bible and the Life of the People," "The Public Servant and the Eighth Commandment," and "The Shaping of Public Opinion and the Ninth Commandment." In the year of this book’s signing, Roosevelt founded the Progressive “Bull-Moose” Party after failing to secure the Republican nomination for president, with Woodrow Wilson winning the election as the opposition votes split between Roosevelt and Taft.