Fellow lovers of sporting literature:fishing
This list offers a wide variety of books which I have been involved with as author, co-author, editor, compiler, or contributor. They cover an array of outdoor-related subjects which reflect my own diverse interests, and hopefully among the works you will find an item or two which intrigues you.
I always inscribe books unless otherwise instructed, and of course I would be delighted to personalize them in any way you suggest. Postage and handling is $5 for the first book and $2.50 for each subsequent book up to $12.50. Insurance is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for all orders, and sender cannot be responsible for lost books. Accordingly, I recommend insurance ($2.50 for the first $100 and $1.25 for each subsequent in value).
Charles Sheldon, The Wilderness of the Upper Yukon. With a new Foreword by Jim Casada (I'll gladly sign and inscribe if you wish). Camden, SC: The Premier Press, 1987. Number 316 of a limited edition of 3000. Bound in full leather, all edges gilt, ribbon marker, Smythe-sewn, raised hubs on spine, and other features of the bookbinder's art. A true classic. As new, xxxviii, 390 pages. $100. SOLD.
Edouard Foa, After Big Game in Central Africa. With a Foreword by Jim Casada. Camden, SC: Briar Patch Press, 1987. Limited, numbered edition of 500 copies. This is #324. Full leather, all edges gilt, ribbon marker, linen slipcase, and all the other attributes of a top-class book. As new. I’ll gladly sign. Listed on the Internet for prices of $500 or more; this one only $275.
Roualeyn Gordon-Cumming, A Hunter’s Life in South Africa. With a Foreword by Gary Clendennen. Camden, SC: Briar Patch Press, 1987. Limited, numbered edition of 500 copies. This is #324. Full leather, all edges gilt, ribbon marker, linen slipcase, and all the other attributes of a top-class book. As new. I could not find a copy offered anywhere. A beautiful book in every sense. $300.
Irvine Rutledge (Editor), Fireworks in the Peafield Corner. Clinton, NJ: Amwell Press, 1986. Signed by the artist, publisher, and editor. #786 of a limited edition of 1000 in a slipcase. Leather-bound. About fine (slight signs of wear at top of spine) in a fine slipcase. Even the trade edition of this book is now selling for prices in the $400-$500 range. Extremely desirable and the first I’ve offered in years. Only $450.
OTHER SPECIAL ITEMS
In a long overdue spate of office and storage shed cleaning (alas, there’s still a passel to do) I made a delightful discovery amidst the dust and toil. I served on the advisory board of the Premier Classics published back in the 1980s and 1990s. These books were published in beautifully done limited editions, bound in full leather, with all edges gilt, ribbed spines, ribbon markers, marbled endpapers, and in-depth new introductions by authorities in the field. The stated limitation was 3,000 copies, but in most cases the number was lower thanks to the fact that the publisher was operating on a shoestring and pretty much only filled orders for subscribers to the series.
At any rate, I found two copies each of three works in the series. Here are the details:
Nash Buckingham, Blood Lines. Xxx, 227 pages. Illustrated. New. Glassine cover still intact. #326. Again, I wrote the Introduction and will be glad to sign and inscribe. $100. SOLD.
Earnshaw Cook, Hollica Snooze. Columbia, SC: LiveOak Press, 1995. A volume in the Great Books of Waterfowling collection. With a new Introduction by Jim Casada. Limited, number edition (this one number 25) of 2400. Bound in full leather, with all edges gilt, marbled end papers, ribbon marker. [xiv], 313 pages. New. I’ll gladly sign. $75.
Havilah Babcock, My Health Is Better in November. Xviii, 298 pages. Includes new Introduction by Lloyd Davis and new artwork by Joseph Byrne. As new. #233. $100. SOLD.
Another copy. This one #421. $100. SOLD.
Havilah Babock, My Health Is Better in November. With a new Introduction by Lloyd Davis. Camden, SC: The Premier Press, 1984. xviii, 298 pages. Illus. Bound in full leather, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker, and more. Beautiful book. As new. #663 of a limited edition of 3000. $75. Also available is a second copy, numbered 100. SOLD.
Roland Clark, Gunner’s Dawn. Camden, SC: The Premier Press, 1983. With an Introduction by Paul Rundell. [xii], 125 pages. Illus. Limited edition #663 of an edition of 3000. Bound in full read leather, all edges gilt, ribbon marker, and more. As new. $75. SOLD.
Roland Clark, Stray Shots and Pot Luck. Camden, SC: The Premier Press, 1985. With a new Foreword by Ernest Hickok. Bound in full leather with marbled endpapers, ribbon marker, all edges gilt, and the other hallmarks of a fine book. Xxiv, 123, xxii, 92 pages. Two books bound as one. #482 of a limited edition of 3000. Very fine. $100. SOLD.
Eugene Connett, American Big Game Fishing. Camden, SC: The Premier Press, 1986. With a new Introduction by Jim Casada (I’ll gladly inscribe and sign). Xxxviii, 292 pages. Bound in full leather, folio size, all edges gilt, ribbon marker, marbled endpapers, and more. A lovely book. This one copy #5 (a really low numbered copy!) of a limited edition of 3000. $125. Also available is copy #10.
Eugene Connett, Random Casts. Camden, SC: The Premier Press, 1987. With a new Introduction by Jim Casada (I’ll gladly sign and inscribed). Xxviii], 196 pages. Illus. Bound in full leather, all edges gilt, ribbon marker, marbled endpapers, and more. This is copy #28 of a limited edition of 3000 copies. As new. $55.
Eugene Connett, Upland Game Bird Shooting in America. Camden, SC: The Premier Press, 1985. With a new Foreword by George Bird Evans. Bound in full leather with marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, ribbon marker, etc. #482 of a limited edition of 3000. Folio size. Very fine. $110.
Edmund W. Davis, Woodcock Shooting. Camden, SC: Premier Press, 1987. With a new Introduction by George Bird Evans. Xxviii, 124 pages. Bound in full leather, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker, and more. Beautifully illustrated with sepia photos. Copy #328 of a limited edition of 3000 (far fewer than 3000 were actually printed—I know, since I was part of the Advisory Board for the series). As new. Very hard to find. $125. SOLD.
George Bird Evans, The Ruffed Grouse Book and The Woodcock Book. Two volume boxed set. Clinton, NJ: The Amwell Press, 1996. National Sporting Fraternity Library Twentieth Anniversary Edition (previous editions were the first of 1000 signed copies and a trade edition of 800 copies). Xvi, 258 pages; xviii, 286 pages. Beautifully illustrated by Donald Shoffstall. Books and slipcase are very fine. $200.
George Bird Evans, The Upland Gunner’s Book. Clinton, NJ: The Amwell Press, 1986. viii, 263 pages. Illus. By Tom Hennessey. Good (some cover wear) in fine slipcase. Trade edition of 1000 copies. $70.
A. B. Frost, The Sporting Art of Arthur Burdett Frost. Columbia, SC: Sporting Heritage Collection, 1994. With a lengthy new Introduction by Peggy Robbins. Lavishly illustrated in color and black & white. Bound in full leather. [xx], 142, [lxvi] pages. All edges gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker. As new. $75. SOLD.
Catherine A. Harper, Winterset, IA: Prairie Wind Press, 1999. xx, 268 pages. Illus., bibliog.. Limited, signed edition of 1500 in slipcase. Bound in leatherette. This is copy #333. Never opened, still in shrink-wrap covering slipcase. A must for the Evans’ fan. Even the trade edition from Willow Creek Press is selling for over $100. A real bargain at $150.
Van Campen Heilner, A Book on Duck Shooting. Camden, SC: The Premier Press, 1992. With a new Introduction by Jim Casada (I’ll gladly sign). Art work by Lynn Bogue Hunt. [v], 540 pages. Bound in full leather with all the hallmarks of a fine book. Copy #1749 of a limited edition of 3000. Very fine. $100.
Ray Ovington, A Sportsman Artist’s Game Bag. Clinton, NH: The Amwell Press, 1989. Limited edition of 1,000 copies signed by the author and publisher. This is copy #582. In a slipcase. Xx, 335 pages. Lavishly illustrated, including many in color. Leather binding and gilt lettering. As new in very fine slipcase. $50.
Charles Phair, Atlantic Salmon Fishing. Camden, SC: The Premier Press, 1985. With a new Foreword by Joe Wilcox. Artwork by Ogden Pleissner. Xxvi, 219 pages. Bound in full leather, all edges gilt, ribbon marker, raised hubs, etc. #482 of limited edition of 3000. Very fine copy of folio-sized book. $110.
John H. Roush, Antlers Afield. Clinton, NJ: Amwell Press, 1988. xii, 226 pages. Illustrated. Signed by author and his business card is also tipped in. Very fine in a very fine slipcase. Lovely book. $55.
William Schaldach, Fish by Schaldach. Camden, SC: The Premier Press, 1993. With a new Introduction by Jim Casada (I’ll gladly sign and inscribe). No pagination. Lavishly illustrated (the bulk of the book consists of 60 full page illustrations by Schaldach). Fine (slight rubbing to front cover). Bound in full leather, all edges gilt, ribbon marker, marbled endpapers, etc. Copy #723 of a limited edition of 1850. $50. SOLD.
Harold P. Sheldon, Tranquility Revisited. Camden, SC: The Premier Press, 1992. With an Introduction by Jim Casada (I’ll gladly sign the book if you wish). xxiv, 130 pages. Illus. (several color illustrations pasted in). Bound in full red leather, all edges gilt, ribbon marker, and more. Copy #1693 of a limited edition of 3000 copies. As new. $70.
F. Phillips Williamson (Editor), The Waterfowl Gunner’s Book: An Anthology. Clinton, NJ: The Amwell Press, 1986. xiv, 286 pages. Lovely illustrations by Donald Shoffstall. Near fine (shows a bit of wear and one page has some wrinkling) in a fine slipcase. $45.
Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship Primer
In recent years I’ve done considerable work for Palladium Press as the Editor of their Firearms Classics Series that reprints great gun books. Building on the success of that series, they asked me to edit and compile a rifle and pistol marksmanship primer. The result is a work entitled The Marksmanship Primer. The 480-page book includes information and insight from many of the greatest authorities on accurate shooting – Charles Asks, Jack O’Connor, Townsend Whelen, Bryce Towsley, Wayne Van Zwoll, and a host of others – along with my editorial input. Paperbound, $17.95.
A New History of the NRA
Jeffrey L. Rodengen, NRA: An American Legend (Foreword by Tom Clancy). Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Write Stuff, 2002. Hardback. xii, 304 pp. Lavishly illustrated, coffee table size. I served as the chief researcher for this book and actually did much of the draft writing of the history. $39.95.
Important Deer Camp Book
The Great American Deer Camp. Minnetonka, MN: North American Hunting Club, 1999. Hardback. 224 pages. Lavishly illustrated. A collection of eight long stories covering deer camps across the country. I wrote the section covering the South, Southern Ridgetops and Riverbottoms. Only $20.
A Timeless Book on the Outdoors
Horace Kephart, Camping and Woodcraft (edited, with a new Introduction by Jim Casada). Knoxville, TN: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1988. Xxxiii, 883 pages. This is the greatest camping book ever written by the acknowledged Dean of American Campers. Its timeless wisdom should be known to every lover of the wilds. Paperback. $16.95.
Theophilus Nash Buckingham (1880-1971) ranks as one of the great sporting scribes of the 20th century, and when it came to waterfowl and quail, along with mastery of dialect, he was a literary master. He lived a wonderful life, basically burning through his inheritance, money he made in his younger years, and his wife’s inheritance before dying with the wolf of poverty howling at his back door. Yet his 90-plus years of life were filled with whirring wings, staunch points, wonderful companions, and the heady aroma of burnt gunpowder. His was an existence many of us can only envy, and at his best he was a storyteller for the ages, and I would rank him among my top five favorites on the outdoors.
Here is a list of books, most of them recently acquired, by and about him. They are priced right and for anyone familiar with the writings of Mr. Buck they represent plenty of armchair adventure.
Without question, George Bird Evans ranks as one of the major figures in upland shooting literature of the 20th century. He was a masterful writer, a fine researcher, and a man who figured out fairly early in life how to make a living doing precisely what he loved. However, I would be less than honest if I didn’t admit that certain things about him give me pause. He was unquestionably an elitist, and for someone like me, raised in the simplest of circumstances and close to the good earth, that fact sounds an “off” note. Similarly, it is my personal opinion, one shared by some knowledgeable bird dog men of the first water, that he hyped and hoorahed his Old Hemlock line of setters a bit more than they deserved. That being said, different strokes (and dogs) for different tastes make sense.
There was also an exceptionally mercenary side to the man, exemplified by a personal experience I had with him. I had written glowing reviews of two or three of his books (and they merited every word of praise) for Sporting Classics magazine when I got the idea that an article on “The Grand Old Man of Grouse” would be appealing to a fairly wide readership. Accordingly I pitched the concept, got a “go ahead” on the assignment from a magazine editor, and called the Evans household quite excited about the opportunity. That delight soon turned to dismay. I was bluntly asked by Kay (it was virtually impossible to get through her to talk to her husband): “What’s in it for us?”
At first I wasn’t sure what she meant and then I realized she was talking about monetary payment. I stumbled a bit and muttered something to the effect of “Nothing, other than due recognition of George’s literary achievements.” I was told to call back in a couple of days, which I did, and at that juncture was bluntly informed that there didn’t seem to be any return in such a piece for them and, besides, my title, with the word “Old,” was inaccurate (Evans was well into his eighties at the time). I’d be less than honest if I didn’t say it left a sour taste.
Nonetheless, I recognize a masterful literary craftsman when I see one, and certainly Evans was such a man. He may have killed the same grouse time and again in print, but he did it with such eloquence and style, indeed sometimes with panache, that it scarcely mattered. His books are and will remain little jewels, and thanks to the fact that many of them were done in quite limited editions, they are rare and promise to become even more so with the passage of time. Here’s a nice selection of them.
I recently acquired a small collection of upland bird hunting books. I’ve added some to my personal collection and made short lists of works by or related to George Bird Evans and Nash Buckingham. This list includes the balance plus a goodly selection of other items I have been meaning to list for some time.
You’ll find material from great authors such as Havilah Babcock and Gene Hill along with elusive items from the likes of Horatio Bigelow and even a couple of original Derrydales. Offerings range from dirt-cheap reading copies to highly collectible (and pricey) works. Take a look at this list of upland hunting and waterfowling miscellany.
In an ongoing, uneven struggle to find space for all the books in my library without losing the ability to maneuver through the house, I have decided to sell those volumes in my collection relating to Asian sport and natural history. You will also find a few books focusing on other geographical locales. They are listed, in alphabetical order by author, here (PDF file).
This is a small selection of books (PDF file), many of them obscure or unusual items, dealing with guns, hunting or sporting collectibles. They are priced to sell, and this is the first of what likely will be a periodic offering of a few dozen items as I sort out my library and weed out duplicates or volumes outside my main areas of interest.
I'm now offering a listing of almost 50 books by and about Hemingway. Take a look at what's available here (PDF file.)
One of our greatest presidents, and without question the greatest sportsman ever to occupy the White House, Roosevelt lived what he styled “the strenuous life” to the fullest. Along with devoting his energies to politics and sport, TR was a prolific writer. Here’s a sampling of books by and about him (PDF file).
Over the years and in connection with both collecting and selling turkey books, I have put together an extensive bibliography of books devoted wholly or in appreciable measure to the subject. I’ve been putting together a limited edition of the information, which should be an invaluable guide to anyone who really cares about the literature of the sport. If you are interested, let me know.
Below are several noteworthy turkey hunting items; however, be sure to check out the complete list (of over 200 items).
A Southern Sportsman: The Memoirs of Henry Edwards Davis
Henry Edwards Davis is best remembered as the author of The American Wild Turkey, a work published in 1949 which many feel is the finest single volume ever written on the subject. Yet Davis was much more than an accomplished turkey hunter. He was a skilled craftsman whose favorite call (which he made) sold a couple of years back for $55,000, the highest price ever paid for a turkey call. He was a fine wood worker, a gunsmith who made many of his own guns, and as this new book reveals, a sportsman for all seasons.
At some point in the 1950s Davis wrote his sporting memoirs and his secretary (he was a lawyer by profession) carefully took his handwritten account and turned it into a lengthy typescript. At that point in time Davis was unsuccessful in finding a publisher interested in the book, although just why this would have been the case, given the fascinating contents of the book, is a mystery to me.
The manuscript languished in obscurity for a half century, although there were several copies floating around (I have had a photocopy for perhaps 20 years). Then a retired South Carolina game warden with a nose for research and a willingness to work ferreting out every possible detail, Ben Moise, took the project in hand. The result is a lovely book, nicely produced by the University of South Carolina Press.
My connection with the project involved the writing of a Foreword offering a biographical appreciation of Davis along with providing a bibliography and some of the photos used in the book. I’ve been a student of Davis for years and, as a collector, have accumulated various items connected with his career.
The book has a bit of everything. If you are a fan of wings (or well-endowed young women), the title of one chapter, “Hunting the Hooters,” will immediately catch your eyes. Rest assured it has nothing to do with the popular chain restaurant with its scantily clad waitresses; instead, Davis lived in a time when it was legal to hunt owls; and he did so with a vengeance. Similarly, there’s a chapter on hunting hawks, one devoted to the quest for bobcats, and plenty of somewhat more predictable fare in the form of coverage of hunting whitetails, squirrels, quail, and, of course, turkeys.
The gun nut will find plenty of interest, inasmuch as Davis was a man greatly interested in flat-shooting rifles, the performance of various cartridges, the eternal argument of shotgun versus rifle for turkeys, and the like. All in all this is a delightful book which takes the reader back to a hunter’s experiences spanning a period from late in the 19th century (he hunted with Confederate veterans) to mid-20th century.
I’ve got it in stock, signed by both Moise and me. The 400+ page book is $29.95 plus $5 shipping and handling, and I think you’ll agree with me that it takes the reader back to a world we have largely lost in extraordinary fashion.
You can order by sending a check or money order to Jim Casada, 1250 Yorkdale Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730-7638 or through my Web site using PayPal.
Framed and matted “Artist of the Year” NWTF prints. Each is signed by the artist, each includes a copy of the NWTF stamp for that year, and the matting and framing is top-level professional quality using acid-neutral materials. You can check major wildlife art galleries and discover that their prices for the print alone (without the stamp or the matting and framing) will be equivalent to or somewhat higher than my asking price. Matting and framing in comparable quality would come to at least $100 for each of these.
If you want the entire matched numbers set the price is $2000 (a savings of $250) over the individual cost for the prints, and I’ll pay the shipping.
Other Framed Items
2005—Matted and framed stamp print. Includes signed copy (by Melissa Ball) #161 of 2300 of Presidential Edition of the 2005 print, with two copies of the 2005 NWTF stamp and a single copy of the stamp in gold below. Beautifully matted and framed. $175.
TO ORDER PRINTS, contact Jim Casada, 1250 Yorkdale Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730-7638; Phone 803-329-4354; Fax 803-329-2420; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who has read much in the way of musings by this simple sporting scribe knows that I consider Robert Ruark our greatest American outdoor writer. Of course he was a masterful newspaper columnist and the author of several blockbuster novels as well.
I’m proud to have had the opportunity to edit two books on him, The Lost Classics of Robert Ruark (see "Anthologies" section below) and Ruark Remembered by his longtime secretary Alan Ritchie.
Click here to view a whole bunch of copies, in both paperback and hardback, of his books. If you just want a readily available reading copy, the paperbacks are the way to go, but for serious bibliophiles or Ruark collectors, the hardbacks likely will have more appeal.
As a student and admirer of Rutledge, I try to obtain copies of his books and related material whenever possible. He’s clearly popular, as such items are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Below are several noteworthy items; however, for a complete list of almost 100 items, including lot of recent additions and a number of truly obscure Rutledge items, click here.
The Rutledge Quartet
Jim Casada (ed.), Hunting and Home in the Southern Heartland: The Best of Archibald Rutledge. Columbia, SC: USC Press, 1992. Hardback in dj. xii, 263 pp. Thirty-five of Rutledge’s most enduring stories told as only he could relate a tale. Includes my detailed input on Rutledge the man, commentary on the stories, a full bibliography, and other information. Armchair adventure at its best. $29.95.
Jim Casada (ed.), Tales of Whitetails: Archibald Rutledge’s Great Deer Hunting Stories. Columbia, SC: USC Press, 1994. Hardback in dj. xii, 281 pp. Thirty-five of Rutledge’s great deer hunting stories with my editorial input similar to that noted above. A must for those who cherish great storytelling or deer hunting. $29.95.
Jim Casada (ed.), America’s Greatest Game Bird: Archibald Rutledge’s Great Turkey-Hunting Tales. Columbia, SC: USC Press, 1996. Hardback in dj. Xii, 211 pp. Thirty-four of Rutledge’s great stories covering the joys and sorrows of the turkey hunting experience. As with the above books, I wrote a lengthy appreciation of Old Flintlock as a turkey hunter along with providing much other information. $29.95.
Jim Casada (ed.), Carolina Christmas: Archibald Rutledge’s Enduring Holiday Stories. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2010. Hardback in dust jacket. xviii, 225 pages. Illustrated. $29.95.
Special offer: All four USC books for $115 postpaid.
A Noteworthy New Rutledge Item
Dorothy Stone Harmon, Archibald Rutledge: The Man and His Books. With a Bibliography by David Cupka and a Foreword by Jim Casada. Piedmont, SC: Bookquest, 2003. Hardback in dj. [xvi], 174 pp. Illus. Limited, numbered and signed edition of 224 copies, with an original items signed by Rutledge in a slip pocket at rear of book. This book is an interesting combination of a short biographical overview (pp. 1-82) featuring extensive use of quotations from Rutledge’s writings, a detailed descriptive bibliography of his books (pp. 83-100), and reproductions of selected materials such as letters and original poems, from the Dorothy Gaston collection of Rutledge material (pp. 101-175). Ms. Gaston was Rutledge’s longtime secretary and dear friend. A real treasure and a must for any serious fan of Rutledge. $125.
Feel free to ask for details of the original items in the slip pocket. I have several copies with different items, and of course I’d be glad to sign and inscribe the book.
One of my major projects over the last couple of years has been compiling and editing another Rutledge anthology. This one, entitled Carolina Christmas: Archibald Rutledge’s Enduring Holiday Stories, is NOW AVAILABLE!
The 248-page hardback book, which includes a number of illustrations from my collection and from Rutledge family sources, is selling for $29.95 plus $5 shipping and handling.
The photo seen here is of the book’s dust jacket, and I hope to get a sampling of the contents up on my Web site in the next month or so. Meanwhile, I can tell you that the theme of the book revolves around the holiday season and the Hampton Hunt. For all the thirty-three years he was an “exile” teaching at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, Rutledge lived for the three weeks or month around Christmas when he and his family could return to South Carolina. In this book you will read moving tributes to the season, to his parents, his black “Huntermen,” his sons, and deeply rooted sporting traditions. There are sections devoted to deer hunting, nature, small game, and more.
The book also includes a concluding chapter focusing on festive foods of the holiday season at Hampton. While Rutledge, to my knowledge, only published two recipes over the course of his long career, he wrote about food with great regularity. As most of you know, my wife and I have a keen interest in culinary matters and have written or edited a number of cookbooks. With that background we have researched old-time Lowcountry recipes and developed a number of our own which give readers of this book a festive sampling of holiday fare as it was enjoyed at Hampton. I’m delighted with the way the book turned out and I think you will be as well. Order now.
Another Rutledge Book in Progress
I might also mention that at present I have another book on Rutledge under contract. This one is a truly a major project—a full biography. Let me know if you want to get notice of this when completed.
The best known of America’s 20th century gun writers, O’Connor was a prolific scribe whose life’s work included an impressive number of books. Here are the duplicates I have in stock, and note that some new items appear at the bottom as well. Shipping and handling is $5 for the first book and $2.50 per book after that to a maximum of $12.50. Insurance is $2.50 for the first $100 of coverage and $1.25 for each $100 after, and is strongly recommended. I ship USPS. My sequel to The Lost Classics of Jack O’Connor, with the title Classic O’Connor, is now available. See details below.
1. The Art of Hunting Big Game in North America. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967. Hardback. No dust jacket. [viii], 404 pages. Very good. $15.
2. The Big Game of North America. NY: E. P. Dutton, 1961. Folio size volume. About fine in a very poor, ragged dust jacket. Lovely book with loads of color plates and hundreds of black and white illustrations by Douglas Allen. Good buy at only $30.
3. Another copy, this one with an appreciably better dust jacket. $32.50 (two copies available).
4. The Complete Book of Rifles and Shotguns. NY: Outdoor Life, 1961 and 1965. Hardback. 477 pages. Illus., index. This is the 14th printing but it is warmly inscribed and signed to George Martin, an old-time gun magazine editor, by O’Connor. Books bearing O’Connor’s signature are quite unusual. $100.
5. The Complete Book of Shooting. NY: Harper & Row/Outdoor Life, 1965. Hardback in dj. [iv], 385 pages. Illus., index. Book fine, dj very good. $30.
6. Horse and Buggy West: A Boyhood on the Last Frontier. NY: Knopf, 1969. hardback in price-clipped dj. Second printing. x, 303 pages. Book and dj very fine. A desirable O’Connor item. $125.
7. Hunting in the Rockies. NY: Knopf, 1947. Hardback. xiv, 297 pages. Illus. Book find in somewhat worn dj. One of the more difficult O’Connor titles to obtain. Internet listings run $200+. Only $150.
8. The Hunting Rifle. NY: Winchester Press, 1970. 1st edition. [iv], 314 pages. Illus., index. Hardback. Fine in very good dj. $37.50.
9. Another copy. Again the first edition but lacks dj. $27.50.
10. Jack O’Connor’s Big Game Hunts. NY: E. P. Dutton for Outdoor Life, 1963. Hardback in dj. 415 pages. Book near fine, dj good only (frayed at edges). $40
11. Another copy in similar condition. $40.
12. Another copy. Lacks dust jacket. Cover mottled, probably from damp. Internally clean and fine. Reading copy at only $10.
13. The Rifle Book. NY: Knopf, 1949. First edition. Lacks dj. xii, 332 pages. Very good. $22.50.
14. The Shotgun Book. NY: Knopf, 1965. First edition. Hardback in dj. viii, 332, ix pages. Book is fine and dj is very good as the previous one. $35.
15. Another copy. Again the first edition but in price-clipped dj. $32.50.
16. Sportsman’s Arms and Ammunition Manual. NY: Outdoor Life/Popular Science, 1952. First edition. Hardback in dj. 256 pages. Illus., index. $45.
17. The Lost Classics of Jack O’Connor. Edited and compiled by Jim Casada. Camden, SC: Live Oak Press, 2005. Hardback in dust jacket. New. Xxx. 329 pages. Illustrated. An extensive selection of O’Connor stories never previous published in book form. Includes contributions by his son, Bradford, one of his daughters, and extensive introductory material by yours truly. $35. OUT OF STOCK.
18. Classic O’Connor. Edited and compiled by Jim Casada, with a Foreword by Brad O’Connor and an Afterword by Buck Buckner. Camden, SC: Live Oak Press, 2010. Hardback in dj. New. Xxxi, 400 pages. Illustrated. $35.
Both books for $70 postpaid (save shipping).
I also have a few copies of the limited, numbered edition of Classic O’Connor, slipcased and bound in leather, for $90.
These O'Connor books are not itemized on the online order form; however, please feel free to use the form and enter titles and amounts in the "Other, Please Specify" fields provided OR contact Jim Casada, 1250 Yorkdale Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730-7638; Phone 803-329-4354; Fax 803-329-2420; E-mail email@example.com.
The original Derrydale Press, not the modern reincarnation with its comparatively inferior (quality-wise) reprints, was the brainchild of Eugene V. Connett. A gifted writer and devoted sportsman, Connett believed that there was a select group of affluent and dedicated sportsmen who would be willing to pay premium prices for beautifully done, limited edition works. Most of the Derrydale Press publications appeared at an inauspicious time, economically speaking (the 1930s), but they were aesthetically delightful, and in many cases wonderfully written, books. Names of some of our finest American outdoors writers and artists figured in Connett’s stable of contributors, and today the Derrydales are widely recognized among sporting book lovers as precisely what they were—the epitome of quality.
Decades ago I began collecting/accumulating Derrydales, and over time and through lots of diligent searching I managed to acquire a goodly number of these treasures. This included numerous duplicates and I’m finally getting around to selling those “extras” at prices you will find far lower than what these frequently are offered for. Here’s what I have, with detailed individual descriptions.
Another copy. This one #144 of 950. Title plate is fully intact and front gilt is crisp and clear. Maroon portion of cover shows some wear and linen on corners has hints of fraying. Still, quite nice appearance overall with spine solid and internally crisp and clean. $340.
Philip Babcock, Falling Leaves. NY: Derrydale Press, 1937. Copy #404 of 950. Spine a bit darkened and some wear to edges. Gilt leatherette. Illustrations by A. L. Ripley. Generally very good plus and internally fine. A must for the upland bird hunter’s library. $175.
Marguerite Bayliss, Bolinvar. 2 vols. NY: Derrydale Press, 1937. Copies #373 of 950. 218; [viii], [viii], 219-417 pages. Very good, spines faded. Lacks original slipcase. $110.
Another copy. This one #577 of 950. Externally slightly better than the above copy but front spine is starting to go internally and there is some glue stain on the first sheet from where a bookplate was once present. Otherwise fresh. $150.
M. B. (Max Brand), The Thunderer. NY: Derrydale Press, 1933. One of 950 copies (not numbered). [x], 202 pages. Very good plus copy. Spine shows a bit of wear; front gilt full and bright. $85.
Another copy. This one externally quite nice but some spine cracking internally. $50.
Kenneth Brown, The Medchester Club. NY: Derrydale Press, 1938. Copy #561 of 950 copies. [x], 224 pages. Spine a bit faded, as normal, but otherwise very fine. $100.
Another copy. This one copy #463 of 950 copies. Spine faded, otherwise fine. $90.
Nash Buckingham, Mark Right! NY: Derrydale Press, 1926. Copy #1122 or 1250. Warmly inscribed (to Tom Denne, Jr.) by Buckingham. Spine a bit darkened but medallion of a pair of quail on front cover is bright and clean. Book contains Denne’s bookplate. A real treasure and one of the more desirable Derrydales. Often offered for $500 or more (less Mr. Buck’s signature). Solid value at $475. SOLD.
Another copy. This one #1139 of 1250. Fine and crisp externally and internally. Not signed by Buckingham. Previous owner’s bookplate and signature. $325.
Charles E. Cox, Jr., John Tobias, Sportsman. NY: The Derrydale Press, 1937. Copy #422 of 950. Ex. Lib. With bookplate of Phillips Academy, withdrawn stamp, and call number lettering on spine. Book is otherwise very good. $35.
Richard E. Danielson, Martha Doyle and Other Sporting Memories. NY: Derrydale Press, 1938. Copy #1142 of 1250. xxii, 152 pages. Good plus (spine faded and worn). $70.
Frank Forester, The Hitchcock Edition of Frank Forester. 4 volumes. Books are The Warwick Woodlands, The Deer Stalkers, The Quorndon Hounds, and My Shooting Box. NY: Derrydale Press, 1930. Set #176 for 750. Generally fine, although label on one volume shows some wear. Clean and bright but lacking original slipcase. $400.
A Gentleman of Philadelphia County, The American Shooter’s Manual. NY: Derrydale Press, 1928. Copy #41 of 375 copies. Appreciable cover wear and part of spine label is gone at bottom left (no text affected). Cover darkened near edges. Internally clean and fine. $100.
Another copy. This one #138 of 375 copies. Edges of label on spin worn a bit, and cover in general shows moderate wear. Internally clean and fine. $110.
Charles T. Harris, Memories of Manhattan in the Sixties and Seventies. NY: Derrydale Press, 1928. One of a thousand copies (this one was not numbered). Xiv, 125 pages. Very fine. $100.
Scott Hart, The Moon Is Waning. NY: Derrydale Press, 1939. Copy #223 of 950. An ex lib. Copy which shows no external signs of being a library book but has a discard stamp on inside front, the library’s blind stamp on the title page, and the pastedown pocket for a due card inside the back cover. Nice appearance externally except for a bit of wear at the corners. Chance to own a Derrydale inexpensively. $55. SOLD.
Another copy. #740 of 950 copies. Fine. Clean and crisp internally and externally. $75. SOLD.
Alden Hatch and Foxhall Keene, Full Tilt: The Sporting Memoirs of Foxhall Keene. NY: Derrydale Press, 1938. Copy #862 of 950. xiv, 170 pages. Fine. $100. SOLD.
Lynn Bogue Hunt, An Artist’s Game Bag. NY: Derrydale Press, 1936. Copy #445 of 1225 numbered copies. Good only. The interior, with its lovely black-and-white and color illustrations, is in quite nice shape, but the cover is worn at the top, bottom and edge of the spine and in general shows appreciable use. Still, a quite serviceable copy of one of the most prized of the Derrydales, thanks in large measure to Hunt’s well-deserved renown. $190.
Harold Sheldon, Tranquillity. NY: Derrydale Press, 1936. Copy #147 of 950. Overall fine. Cover shows a bit of wear but internally very fine. Introduction by Nash Buckingham. $135. SOLD.
Albert Dixon Simmons, Wing Shots. NY: Derrydale Press, 1936. Copy #99 of 950 copies. Spine a bit darkened. Otherwise fine to very fine externally and internally.
William Bayard Sturgis, New Lines for Flyfishers. NY: Derrydale Press, 1938. One of 950 copies (this particular Derrydale was not unnumbered). Original green cloth. Fine plus (spine has been rebound in attractive and matching green leather, with title in gilt). $115. SOLD.
Another copy. Spine darkened, internally fine. $100.
Henry Van Dyke, The Travel Diary of an Angler. NY: Derrydale Press, 1929. One of 750 copies. Very good plus. Cover shows some wear. Inscription to a previous owner with bookplate of Walter Rutherford Peterson. $100. SOLD.
Frederick White, The Spicklefisherman and Others. NY: Derrydale Press, 1928. One of 775 copies (individual copies of this early Derrydale imprint were not numbered). Spine and top of cover a bit darkened, and edges show some wear. Paste-on title plate is in nice shape and the gilt title on spine is crisp and clear. Internally fine. $110.
Another copy. Cover a bit darkened around edges as is the top and bottom on the spine. Otherwise crisp and fine. $115. SOLD.
DERRYDALE PRESS REFERENCE MATERIALS
37. Eugene V. Connett, III, The Derrydale Press Tenth Anniversary Catalogue, 1927-1937. NY: Derrydale Press, 1937. xx, 72 pages. Paper wrapper edition. Cover worn and chipped; internally fine. $80.
38. Another copy. Cover in somewhat better condition and internally fine. $95.
39. Isaac Oelgart, 1982 Derrydale Press Price Guide. Litchfield, CT: American Sporting Book Price Guides, 1982. Paperback. 24 pages. Copy #78 of 81 numbered copies. Very fine. Gives prices for all books, in all variations, for the series. A handy little reference guide. In original envelope. Signed. $100.
40. Henry A. Siegel, Harry C. Marschalk, Jr., and Isaac Oelgart, The Derrydale Press: A Bibliography. Goshen, CT: The Angler’s & Shooters Press, 1981. xii, 267 pages. Copy #670 of 1250 copies Signed by Siegel. Very fine in fine slipcase. A vital reference source. $75.
These Derrydale Press books are not itemized on the online order form; however, please feel free to use the form and enter titles and amounts in the "Other, Please Specify" fields provided OR contact Jim Casada, 1250 Yorkdale Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730-7638; Phone 803-329-4354; Fax 803-329-2420; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Africana continues to be highly collectible, and there are many choice titles, not to mention plenty of obscure ones. I have items available from and/or about Sir Samuel W. Baker, Sir Richard F. Burton, Peter Hathaway Capstick, Frederick C. Selous, Wilbur Smith, and Henry Morton Stanley. I also offer a number of other special Africana collectibles.
Below are listed a few choice items; however, for a complete list (of over 700 items) download the Main African List.
Jim Casada (Editor), Sporting Book News. 1987-88. First three issues (all published). Set of the three issues. $60 (only one available). Also available additional copies of issue two and three, featuring lead articles on Fred Selous and Denis Lyell, respectively. $20 each.
F. R. N. Findlay, Big Game Shooting and Travel in South-East Africa (with a new Foreword by Jim Casada). Camden, SC: Briar Patch Press, 1990. xxvi. 313 pages. Illustrated, index. Leather bound, all edges gilt, Smythe-sewn, ribbon marker, marbled end papers. As new. I’ll inscribe if desired. $75.
Edouard Foa, After Big Game in Central Africa (with a new Foreword by Jim Casada). Camden, SC: Briar Patch Press, 1987. xxxiv, 326 pages. Illustrated. Full leather, all edges gilt, Smythe-sewn, ribbon marker, marbled end papers. As new. I’ll gladly inscribe. $75.
This beautiful book by Jim and Ann Casada, Field to Feast: The Remington Cookbook, is intended to round out the Remington story as a sort of companion to The Art of Remington Arms and Remington, America’s Oldest Gunmaker. Jim and Ann wrote the book drawing on experience they have garnered over the years in enjoying the results of hunting and in the preparation of a number of prior cookbooks. $35.
In Backyard Grilling, Ann and I join two other nationally known cookbook authors, Kate Fiduccia and Teresa Marrone, in sharing 150 scrumptious recipes on grilling, smoking and deep frying. Along with all sorts of tips and suggestions, these recipes offer a simple, straightforward road map to being king or queen of the culinary arts in your own backyard. Now available for $21.95.
Wild Bounty: Outdoor Feasts, Game Flavors is published in a lavish format by the North American Hunting Club. The book features some 250 recipes, scores of color photographs, and numerous hints on handling and preparing game. Bound in an attractive maroon hardcover and fully indexed, the book is in every sense a handsome one of which we are quite proud. At a bargain rate of only $20, it promises plenty of fine eating while providing visual appeal. The Southeastern Outdoor Press Association recognized it as one of the top three outdoor books in the region for 1999-2000.
For some time Ann and I have been contemplating doing another venison cookbook, and that now has moved to published fruition with the recent appearance of The Ultimate Venison Cookbook. It is a 208-page sequel, with lie-flat comb binding and 200 all-new recipes, to our popular The Complete Venison Cookbook (out of stock). The work includes complete menus, a chapter on health-smart venison meals, and all sorts of tips on handling and preparing this delicious meat. The book is only $15. Read an excerpt from the book about readying your deer for the table. OUT OF STOCK.
The Complete Venison Cookbook. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1995. Comb-bound. 208 pages. Illus., index. More than 250 scrumptious original recipes on the preparation of venison. Our best-selling book ever. We tested every recipe and ate venison twice a day for six months while doing the book. A real bargain at $12.95. OUT OF STOCK.
From Campsite to Kitchen: Recipes and Traditions from America’s Great Outdoors. Memphis, TN: The Wimmer Company, 1994. Comb-bound with hard boards. Illus. by Peter Ring, index. 254 pages. Favorite recipes from America’s best-known outdoor writers, with eight stories I wrote thrown in for good measure. Some 300 game, fish, and wild foods recipes. $15.95.
Outdoor Tables and Tales: Recipes and Food Memories. Memphis, TN: The Wimmer Co., 1992. Comb-bound with hard boards. 236 pages. Illus., index. Similar to the above work, except all the recipes come from Southern writers. I was a major contributor. $15.95.
From the standpoint of experience and first-hand knowledge, there's nothing connected with the wonderful world of the outdoors with which I have greater familiarity than fly fishing. It was my great good fortune to grow up in a family of fishing fools, and some of my earliest memories of childhood focus on angling experiences. A half century has come and gone since those first footsteps in the world of fly fishing, but my passion for the sport remains unabated. Fifteen years ago or so I wrote an award-winning book, Modern Fly Fishing, on the subject for the North American Fishing Club. Now I have distilled a lifetime of experience into a basic primer, Beginner's Guide to Fly Fishing, on the subject. It is a pleasure to offer the book at a very reasonable price of $12.95 plus postage and handling. Of course I'll be delighted to sign and inscribe copies, and the book would make a great gift for anyone interested in this delightful approach to angling.
Jim Casada, Modern Fly Fishing. Minnetonka, MN: North American Fishing Club, 1993. Hardback, fully illustrated. 234 pp. This is an award-winning primer touching all aspects of the sport from equipment to tactics and techniques for specific species. It offers information for the beginner and advanced fly fisherman alike and is based on a lifelong passion which began with a marvelously misspent childhood in the Smokies and has continued to the present. $20.
The Best of North American Fisherman: A Fishing Journey. Minnetonka, MN: North American Fishing Club, 2003. Hardback. Fully illustrated. 160 pages. Index. A Great collection. Includes my piece, “Appalachian Troutman,” on the great Smokies fisherman, Mark Cathey.
Other Anthologies from Great Writers
Since boyhood I’ve been a great fan of Jack O’Connor, the greatest gun and hunting writer of the 20th century. Finally that interest has come to published fruition in a book entitled The Lost Classics of Jack O’Connor. This work follows a format similar to that used in The Lost Classics of Robert Ruark. I selected some 40 of O’Connor’s finest stories; none of them ever published in book form. I’ve also included detailed information on the man, a full bibliographical essay, and other material. The book includes extensive color and black and white photos. The Lost Classics of Jack O’Connor is available in a hardbound trade edition of almost 400 pages for $35 or a limited, numbered edition of 750 copies, bound in genuine leather and housed in a slipcase, for $150. The limited edition includes four extra stories and is signed by his son, Bradford O'Connor. OUT OF STOCK.
Jim Casada (ed.), The Lost Classics of Robert Ruark. Long Beach, CA: Safari Press, 1996. Hardback in dj. Xviii, 260 pages. Illus., bibliographical essay. A collection of 27 of Ruark’s tales that have never before appeared in book form, including 10 Old Man and the Boy stories. I contribute a lengthy appreciation of Ruark and considerable other material. $35.
Horace Kephart, Sporting Firearms (edited and compiled, with introductory commentary, by Jim Casada). Birmingham, AL: Palladium Press, 2004. Hardback. Leatherbound with raised hubs, all edges gilt, ribbon marker, and all the other attributes of a fine book. Xviii, 255 pages. A compilation of the writings of Kephart, a noted pioneer in ballistics and other shooting fields, with coverage of Hawken rifles, hunting rifles for big game, and related subjects. If you aren't familiar with the writings of Kephart and are a firearms enthusiast, you are missing something. $35. OUT OF STOCK.
Jim Casada (ed.), Forgotten Tales and Vanished Trails. Birmingham, AL: Palladium Press, 2001. Hardbound in full leather. Xviii, 208 pages. A collection of hunting and conservation writings by Theodore Roosevelt that do not appear in his books. Includes my lengthy essay on the man as a hunter and conservationist along with other editorial input. This book was recognized as the outstanding outdoor volume written in the Southeast in 2001. Only $40.
Jim Casada and Chuck Wechsler (editors), Last Cast and Stolen Hunts. Traverse City, MI: Countrysport Press, 1993. My choice for 21 of the finest outdoor tales even published. I include short sketches of the author and introduce each story. Hardback in dj. Xiv, 270 pages. Illus. $25. I also have a deluxe, limited edition (only 350 number copies published) of the above work. Fully leather binding with all the attributes of a fine book, housed in a sturdy linen box. $100. A lovely item.
Jim Casada (ed.), Selous: A Hunting Legend. Long Beach, CA: Safari Press, 2000. Xiv, 188 pages. Illus., bibliog. The second volume and sequel to the above work. Limited, numbered and signed edition of 1000 in slipcase. $75. OUT OF STOCK. Still have trade editions available for $35.