Eugene Connett [Derrydale Press], 1926. Hardcover. Very Good. Slim 8vo. Black paper-covered boards, spine professionally restored, titles printed in black on tan paper label to front cover. Unpaginated, but a single center-sewn 24-page signature. Edition limited to 30 copies (this copy unnumbered). Printed in red and black on watermarked "Vidalon" paper. Privately printed by Eugene V. Connett, with his printer's device in red at the foot of the title page. A fragile book, the black paper spine has been professionally restored. Some light paper cracking on front and back boards. Light scattered foxing on endpapers, not internally, some light gutter staining, one small chip to fore-edge of free endpaper, else very good. One of three known extant copies. Housed in a custom clam shell case. Previously unrecorded in all bibliographies dealing with Connett and the Derrydale Press. Prior to the discovery of this version, the rarest Connett/Derrydale title was arguably the 1601 printed in 1926 and limited to 100 copies (Siegel A, Frazier T-6-a). The 100-copy edition has had but a few times surfacing at auction since printing. In his Catalogue 113: The Derrydale Press, James Cummins speculates that Connett first produced the edition of 30 but wasn't satisfied with it and followed up with the more-elaborate edition of 100. Cummins called it , "A major Derrydale discovery, an unrecorded volume of historic importance." The Rare Book Collections blog at Princeton University (where the Derrydale archives are housed) notes, "For some years it's been known that Connett produced a 100-copy edition of 1601...Connett also produced...a 30-copy edition, less typographically complex than the 100-copy edition. Even though Connett's involvement with these productions is known, it was always a mystery who commissioned him: The 100-copy edition clearly states 'printed for H. D. W.'" The blog post goes on to note that, based on research by Princeton alumnus Henry Wessells (involving a note from Connett, as well as other evidence in the Derrydale archives), that H. D. W. was "Henry Devereux Whiton (1871-1930)...an industrialist with interests in the sulfur industry, a sportsman, and a philanthropist. During the 1920s he lived in Long Island and was a member of the Piping Rock Club and the Bellport Yacht Club. No doubt it was through such associations that he came to know Connett." (https://blogs.princeton.edu/rarebooks/2012/10/new-information-about-an-editi/comment-page-1) (Inventory #: 427364)
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