Item #1465 De Roosterfelt Book. George Washington Dabney, George Corbin Perine.
De Roosterfelt Book
De Roosterfelt Book
De Roosterfelt Book
De Roosterfelt Book
Racist Pamphlet on Theodore Roosevelt and Booker T. Washington Dinner

De Roosterfelt Book

Baltimore: [Proof Press], 1935. Illustrations from eight drawings by the author. Stapled wraps. Duodecimo. 22 pages. Pamphlet has a nearly vertical crease throughout, along with a few shallow edge chips. Otherwise near fine.

Small pamphlet of racially offensive verses and cartoons inspired by the 1901 White House dinner at which President Roosevelt hosted Booker T. Washington. Dr. Washington was an advisor to Roosevelt and was invited to dinner shortly after he took office following the assassination of William McKinley. This dinner enraged white Democratic politicians, who attacked Roosevelt for it from then on.

Authored and drawn by prominent Baltimore citizen George Corbin Perine and originally published in London in 1910. The cover illustration (repeated inside) is Perine's satire of a well known contemporary print of the dinner, depicting Roosevelt and Washington seated at small round table.

Theodore Roosevelt reputedly attempted to suppress the original edition, though he was out of office when it appeared. Although we have not examined a copy of the 1910 original, it seems likely the content between these two editions is not identical. At least one of the poems herein is a memorial to Roosevelt, and an accompanying drawing depicts him seated on a throne in the heavens.

Uncommon, with OCLC locating only 2 copies of this 1935 Baltimore imprint (Harvard and New York State Library) and just 5 of the 1910 London imprint. These are apparently the only printings.


Item #1465

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