Original artwork for the covers of Gee's Hunting Diary
by (GEE, Ernest)
New York: The Derrydale Press, 1937. 1 vols. 1 vols. The Derrydale Press printed Ernest R. Gee's "Gee's Hunting Diary" in 1937; the text, consisting of pages for data entries, was unillustrated, but both the upper and lower covers carried Henry Alken's design of a fox mask and other hunt trophies which had been used as the frontispiece to Fore's Hunting Diary, with "Fore's" changed to "Gee's". Offered here is the original artwork for this, consisting of a sepia photostat of the Fore's design, with minor retouching, and with the name "Fore's" obliterated and "Gee's" painted in its place with white and black ink, which has also been used to delineate the words "Hunting Diary". Although it does not show in the published form, the word "Fore's" can still be seen under the retouching. The area around the design has been whitened by airbrush, and the whole is surrounded by a thin line in black ink. The design measures 6-1/2" high x 12-3/8" wide; in the margins are pencilled notations concerning the size and colors to be used in the published version. The artwork is mounted on slightly worn backing board, and is in fine condition. A unique and fascinating Derrydale relic. Siegel 117; Frazier G-3-a. Provenance: Duncan Andrews (Inventory #: 261123)
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