Hard Cover. San Francisco: Whitaker and Ray-Wiggins, 1912. Very Good.
First edition, early printing. Signed and inscribed by Roosevelt to front free endpaper: "With the best wishes of / Theodore Roosevelt." Publisher's green cloth lettered in gilt, with a tipped in frontispiece portrait of the author. A very good copy with some fading to spine and discoloration to left side of front board, hinges cracked but holding, some offsetting to endpapers. Overall, a handsome copy. Realizable Ideals is a collection of lectures delivered in 1911 by Theodore Roosevelt as part of the Earl Lecture Series at the Pacific Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. The Earl Lecture Series, funded by an endowment from Edwin T. Earl, began in 1901, and has hosted other notable figures like Maya Angelou and Elie Weisel. Roosevelt delivered these lectures after his last term as President of the United States, and though he hesitated to accept the job, as he states in his introductory pages, he felt compelled to convey his message to the students. His speeches, which 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," focus on religion, the topic of all the Earl lectures, as well as the importance of taking action, and having strong moral character.