Corrected Typescript of an Unpublished Connett Book

Sporting Recollections. The corrected typescript of this unpublished book, consisting of chapters on Pheasant, Duck and Quail shooting, and one, “Hits and Misses” concerning the mechanics of successful shooting; with a rejection letter from Henry Holt and Co. All contained in the original mailing envelope.

The typescript consists of 42 pages with numerous pencil corrections, including, on two pages, the printed article on Quail as it originally appeared in the August 1921 issue of Field and Stream. 1 vols. Corrected Typescript of an Unpublished Connett Book. On 11 x 8 1/2 inch pages, some fraying to a few margins, else fine. From the Estate of Eugene V. Connett, 3rd, proprietor of The Derrydale Press. Item #13570

As with most of Connett's books, this is a collection of articles written for magazines, in this instance some highly personalized accounts of the author's shooting experiences--the exception being “Hits and Misses”, a more objective account of the mechanics of shooting: developing a smooth swing, knowing when a bird is in range, etc. (The typescript of this bears Connett's pencilled notation, “Sold 1947 to F & S [Field and Stream] but not published”). Connett, then at the publishing firm of Van Nostrand, submitted “Sporting Recollections” to Henry Holt and Company, and on February 4, 1960 it was returned: “We do not feel that we would have sufficient sales success with the work to warrant our taking it on”. It is not improbable that the rather short length of the book, together with Connett's strong personalized style, was a factor in this decision; at any rate, the book did not appear in print--which, as the owner of this typescript will quickly discover, was a considerable loss to the literature of sport.

A FINE TYPESCRIPT.

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