GEE, ERNEST R. Carbon typescript for the proposed Derrydale Press reprint of The American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine.
[New York: circa 1929]. Custom morocco-backed folder with gilt morocco title label to upper cover. 11 x 8 1/2 inches; 5 single-sided pp. Old horizontal fold, faint markings from paperclips and staples, else fine.
Gee's proposal to reprint the entire 15-volume American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine at the Derrydale Press. In his Early American Sporting Books, Gee notes the existence of only three copies of this seminal work and expresses hope that "a new edition may be born, so that the traditions of American Sport will be worthily preserved for all time." He intended for the work to be "a complete copy of the very rare original," in 15 volumes (as was the original) and bound in half brown morocco. "[F]ine paper will be used and the original type improved upon," and the illustrations would be reproduced "from hand-made copper plates" on special paper. There are blank spaces for Connett to supply information: the number of sets, the price, and the amount per volume to be paid as the books are issued over a 15-month period.
"[Gee] went as far as having Connett [proprietor of the Derrydale Press] prepare an estimate for 500 sets of the thirty-volume [sic] work. The estimate was completed by July of 1928, with Gee's cost per set projected at $139.00. This would have required retailing the set at approximately $450.00. The project was promptly abandoned, almost certainly because of the high cost involved. Had it been completed, it would surely have ranked as one of Connett's most important accomplishments and would be considered today as one of the most valuable and important of collector's items" (Siegel, The Derrydale Press, p. 24).
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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