D-Day Prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the White House, June 6, 1944, copy #68 of 100 inscribed by Roosevelt to his secretary, Dorothy Jones Brady. Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
D-Day Prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the White House, June 6, 1944, copy #68 of 100 inscribed by Roosevelt to his secretary, Dorothy Jones Brady
D-Day Prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the White House, June 6, 1944, copy #68 of 100 inscribed by Roosevelt to his secretary, Dorothy Jones Brady
D-Day Prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the White House, June 6, 1944, copy #68 of 100 inscribed by Roosevelt to his secretary, Dorothy Jones Brady
D-Day Prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the White House, June 6, 1944, copy #68 of 100 inscribed by Roosevelt to his secretary, Dorothy Jones Brady
D-Day Prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the White House, June 6, 1944, copy #68 of 100 inscribed by Roosevelt to his secretary, Dorothy Jones Brady
D-Day Prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the White House, June 6, 1944, copy #68 of 100 inscribed by Roosevelt to his secretary, Dorothy Jones Brady
D-Day Prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the White House, June 6, 1944, copy #68 of 100 inscribed by Roosevelt to his secretary, Dorothy Jones Brady
D-Day Prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the White House, June 6, 1944, copy #68 of 100 inscribed by Roosevelt to his secretary, Dorothy Jones Brady
D-Day Prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the White House, June 6, 1944, copy #68 of 100 inscribed by Roosevelt to his secretary, Dorothy Jones Brady

D-Day Prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the White House, June 6, 1944, copy #68 of 100 inscribed by Roosevelt to his secretary, Dorothy Jones Brady

Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1944. First edition. Hardcover. This limited edition of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer is inscribed by FDR to his secretary, Dorothy Jones Brady. The inscription, inked in four lines on the front free endpaper, reads: “For Dorothy | Christmastide, 1944 | from | Franklin D. Roosevelt”. Per the limitation page, one hundred copies were printed “for President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the U.S. Government Printing Office at Washington” in December 1944. This copy is hand numbered “68” of 100. The original fine binding features a quarter vellum spine over marbled paper-covered boards. A gilt-stamped morocco spine label reads: “D-Day Prayer by Franklin D. Roosevelt”. The contents are printed black, blue, and red on laid paper with untrimmed fore and bottom edges and gilt top edge. The prayer is separated into short stanzas, each framed with a red ruled box. The volume is housed in the original blue paper-covered card slipcase. Condition is near fine. The binding is square and tight with sharp corners and almost no wear. We note mild soiling to the spine, notably at the slipcase cutout. The contents show mild age-toning to the page edges and light spotting, primarily to the endpapers. The blank leaf following the text and preceding the limitation page shows some creasing. “(Brady)” is written in pencil beside President Roosevelt’s inscription. The slipcase is fully intact with modest toning and wear to extremities. On 6 June 1944, the United States and its WWII allies launched the largest amphibious invasion in history. More than 150,000 soldiers, sailors, and airmen had crossed the English Channel to storm the beaches at Normandy, beginning the campaign that would end with Germany’s unconditional surrender in May 1945. In his national radio address that night, President Roosevelt did not provide a factual summary of events, but asked his countrymen to join him in a nearly 600-word prayer he had written. “…in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer… Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness to their faith.” The message suited the perilousness of the undertaking and the uncertainty of the outcome: “They will need Thy blessings… For the enemy is strong. Their road will be long and hard… Some will never return.” Roosevelt asked his countrymen for patience and resolve: “…let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons, wheresoever they may be. And, O Lord, give us faith.” On 7 November 1944, Roosevelt was re-elected President for an unprecedented fourth term. In December, this limited issue of his D-Day prayer was printed “for his friends at Christmastide”. This copy was inscribed by FDR for Dorothy Jones Brady, his White House secretary and stenographer. Brady began her federal career at the Department of Agriculture secretarial pool. Reassigned to the White House, she became secretary to presidential press secretary Steve Early. After substituting several times for FDR’s secretary, Grace Tully, Brady accompanied FDR on campaign trips and on visits to his home at Hyde Park. She was with FDR when he died on 12 April 1945, less than a year after D-Day and less than a month before Germany’s 7 May 1945 unconditional surrender. On 18 January 1945, while Roosevelt was working on a speech in his West Wing office, he asked Brady and other staff present “What in this room reminds you the most of me?” Brady named “a portrait of John Paul Jones.” When Brady returned from the final trip to Warm Springs, she found the portrait waiting for her. Brady went on to serve as secretary to cabinet secretaries and assistant to the President of the Pullman railroad car company. She died at age 87 in 1999. Item #004299

Price: $19,500.00

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