signedfirst editionIllustrated by J. Alden Twachtman. 1 vols. 8vo
by Grand, Gordon
New York: The Derrydale Press, 1933. First Edition, one of 850 copies. Illustrated by J. Alden Twachtman. 1 vols. 8vo. Original red cloth, rubbed, inner hinge split and front free endpaper re-attached with tape, else very good. HARRY WORCESTER SMITH'S COPY, with his sporting bookplate; written on the free endpaper in a secretarial hand is: "Sent to Harry Worcester Smith by Eugene Connett of the Derrydale Press, June 14, 1933." Included is an extract from the Nov. 4, 1934 Herald Tribune magazine concerning fox hunting and Cecil Alden, and an ALS by Gordon Grand. Twachtman, J. Alden. First Edition, one of 850 copies. Illustrated by J. Alden Twachtman. 1 vols. 8vo. Harry Worcester Smith Copy, With a Letter from Gordon Grand. Laid in is AN AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, BY GORDON GRAND, on his Millbrook NY letterhead, dated Nov. 27, 1934 to Harry Worcester Smith: "Thank you for sending me a copy of your letter to Connett. Dr. Somerville was really very generous about the book and understanding about the U.S.A., reflecting her visit. The Country Life people produced a thoroughly satisfying edition. They sent me a copy which someone promptly walked off with. I am asking Connett if he could not write over and procure half a dozen copies and I will ask him to send you on one with my compliments". [This refers to the first English edition of "The Silver Horn", 1934, for which Somerville wrote a laudatory introduction]. Grand adds a postscript: "If sometime after Dec. 10th you would care to send [Col. Walter Faber's] "Wit and Wisdom of the Shires" and [Frederick Watson's] "Robert Smith Surtees, a Critical Study" on to me at Llewellyn Park, West Orange N.J. c/o Mrs. James B. Dill, I would very much like to read them and will get them back to you promptly. I meet so many disappointments in sporting books that I don't read as many as I should but when someone like yourself or Charles Lanier tell me that a book is worth the reading I long to get my teeth into it." [Charles D. Lanier, M.F.H., wrote several books of fox hunting recollections and was a co-author of "Thoroughbred Types: 1900-1925"]. LETTERS OF THIS QUALITY BY GORDON GRAND ARE RARE. Siegel 69; Frazier G-7-a (Inventory #: 258289)
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