First Edition of Cherished Portraits of Thoroughbred Horses; Inscribed by William Woodward To Nelson Doubleday
Cherished Portraits of Thoroughbred Horses: From the Collection of William Woodward. With Notes by W.S. Vosburgh.
Item Number: 32040
New York: Privately Printed for Ernest R. Gee [by The Derrydale Press], 1929.
First edition, one of 300 copies. Quarto, bound original full red crimson morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt tooling to the spine with raised bands, gilt ruled covers with gilt title on front cover, top edge gilt. Inscribed by the author, “To Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Doubleday with my best and affectionate regards William Woodward.” The recipient, Nelson Doubleday was a United States book publisher and president of Doubleday Company from 1922-1946. His father Frank N. Doubleday founded the business. Contains sixty-eight engraved plates and three charts. In very good condition.
Contracted through Ernest Gee, this was Connett's first major work in fine book production, and Woodward spared no expense. Woodward recollects, "Mr. Walter S. Vosburgh...and I were talking one day of my paintings, and I expressed the wish that he should come to see them. When he came one Sunday afternoon a few years ago, we spent an exceedingly agreeable afternoon together, for Mr. Vosburgh is so full of the lore of the Turf that every picture had its special meaning and every horse its special anecdote...I asked him if he would write sketches of the principal horses whose portraits I then had. In due course he gave me a series of sketches, written in his own hand and of a delightful nature. With his permission, they accompany the reproductions of the portraits which they supplement" (Woodward, Foreword). Frazier V-4-D; Siegel 22.