1929 · New York
by Roosevelt (jr), Theodore and Kermit Roosevelt
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First Edition. Octavo. 278pp., with a frontispiece from a painting by Carl Rungius and illustrations from photographs by Suydam Cutting and K.R. This is the story about the Roosevelt brother's and their expedition to find the Giant Panda. Pandas during this period were rarely seen. Some people believed they did not exist. Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History sponsored their expedition to find them a Panda to display for the world in their museum, which they did. They became the first foreigners to shoot a panda. (Thankfully they went about their regular jobs after this hunt. 1983 a wildlife protection law was published, increasing the protection status of the panda). Their expedition is fascinating. Bound in blue cloth pictorially stamped in gilt depicting a Panda, spine lettering gilt, some light spots of rubbing, previous owner's name in pencil. A very nice copy.
(Inventory #: 022353)