New York: Privately Printed [at Derrydale Press] … for the Anglers’ Club of New York, 1927.
First edition, one of 100 [actually 79 or 89] copies, this being copy No. 25 and signed by the author on the colophon page. Two mounted black and white plates after drawings by Connett. 1 vols. Small 8vo. Connett Family Copy. Original grey paper boards, linen spine, paper label on upper cover. Spine ends slightly rubbed. Very good plus. Boxed Pickering, Books by Ourselves (Anglers’ Club Bulletin, October 1938), p. 20; Wetzel p. 124; Siegel 3; Frazier C-9-a; not in Bruns. Provenance: William Connett (the author’s brother) and by descent in the Connett family. Item #323532
The first work to bear the Derrydale imprint. Connett set the type for this book of two of his angling tales and printed it on a hand press, with a stated limitation of 100 copies; the story of his first efforts at printing and binding is well known.
Siegel reports that Connett ran out of paper, and so only 89 copies were produced and finished. Some thirty years later Connett reminisced that “Unfortunately only 89 sets of sheets were satisfactorily printed and only 89 copies were bound”. In April 1927 Connett had sent a copy to a Princeton classmate with a letter indicating that “only 79 copies were printed”.
A beautiful little book of considerable charm. Some of the books were offered for sale but many were given to close friends or to family members, as with this copy.
Price: $27,500.00 Free International Delivery