N.p. Westvaco, . Hardcover. Small 4to. Olive green cloth with gilt spine lettering and decoration, pictorial paper-over-boards slipcase. 187pp. Top edge gilt. Frontispiece, illustrations, decorative endpapers. Fine/near fine. Faintest slipcase wear only. Item #45929
Unspecified limited edition of this handsome keepsake from the West Virginia paper company -- with a twist: This unique copy bears on inner flyleaf a choice signed First Day Cover from the book's designer, Bradbury Thompson. 6½" X 3½", cancelled in Chicago, IL on 5 July 1967, with 5-cent "Search for Peace" stamp at upper right and with "First Day of Issue" so noted and decorative "First Day / Cover" cachet at left. Thompson signs on the "sweet spot" at center large and bold in blue ink. Fine. Roosevelt penned these essays on life in the West after relocating there after his wife and mother's deaths in 1884. Thompson's layout and use of Frederic Remington engravings are exceptional. Thompson (1911-95) was an important American graphic designer and stamp designer who served as art director for "Mademoiselle" magazine (1945-60); he served on the faculty at Yale University for many years, designed "Monalphabet" and other "simplified alphabets," and influenced a whole generation of art directors.