[ROOSEVELT, THEODORE] Europe, March, April, May, 1909. To Naples with Roosevelt. [Cover title].
Three-quarters leather, cloth sides with titling on the upper cover. Album, 9 3/4 x 12 inches (31 x 24.5 cm); containing approximately 200 mounted gelatin silver prints on 32 card mounts on guards, with hand-written labels and comments. Approximately 30 of these show the voyage out on the Hamburg (the balance are Italian city views); these include a photograph signed by Roosevelt of him promenading on the deck of the Hamburg; a group shot of Roosevelt with the officers of the vessel etc. Album binding worn, one image of Roosevelt defective, another (of him debarking) missing, an interesting group overall.
Upon his retirement from the Presidency, Theodore Roosevelt departed the U.S. on the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition. The first leg of the trip was from New York City to Naples, Italy, on board the steamer Hamburg; after, they took a second steamer to Mombasa. The vessel left New York on March 23, 1909. The photographs in this album cover that first leg of the trip, together with extensive views of Naples and other areas of Italy, taken by someone who was on the Hamburg with Roosevelt (but who plainly did not depart with the expedition, and who travelled in Italy thereafter).
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