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Book Condition: Good
Deluxe edition. #47 of 50 large paper copies with a hand-colored frontispiece by illustrator Edgar Burke. [Siegel 24; Frazier C-10-D.] A presentation copy from Connett to his daughter Marcella; a belated wedding gift with a lengthy inscription on the title page carrying over to the acknowledgements page -- attributing the gift to the persuasive abilities of Connett’s wife “after [drinking] three side-cars.” Small 4to, ¾ maroon morocco, unopened at top edge, marbled boards. Morocco spine, gilt titles, decorations, and five raised bands. Signed by Connett and Burke on the half-title. Presenting a natural history of quail, grouse, pheasant, and other feathered game, with excerpts from Connett's hunting diaries and watercolors of each bird by Edgar Burke. Title-page vignette and ten colored illustrations inside, plus the hand-colored frontispiece unique to this special edition. The illustrator, Dr. Edgar Burke (1889-1950) was a New Jersey surgeon who was also an avid sportsman with interests in fishing, wildfowling, and pigeon racing. He was also an artist whose subject matter focused on game birds, and the champion pigeons of his racing club. He was a close friend of Connett, publisher of the Derrydale Press, and through this connection he was commissioned to illustrate this book and Upland Game Bird Shooting in America (1930), as well as providing covers for several others. Good+. The text block is fine except for some minor offsetting to the title page, as commonly found, [a very light bleed from the hand-colored frontispiece] and two ¾” closed tears at the top of the title page. The covers are rubbed on all edges, the corners especially so; several small dark spots on the back cover. Front hinge very lightly cracked but fully intact.