September 2011 | Rebecca Rego Barry

Callahan & Co.

Catalogue Review: Callahan & Co., #220

Callahan & Co. of Peterborough, New Hampshire, specializes in books on hunting, angling, and natural history, so if you don't collect in those areas, you might not think there's anything for you here -- but you may be wrong. Hemingway collectors will find a gem or two, e.g., Farrington's Atlantic Game Fishing from 1939 ($95). A second edition, but it contains a six-page introduction by Hemingway. How about collecting the Roosevelt family? A first printing book of Trailing the Great Panda (1929) by Teddy Roosevelt Jr., signed by brother and co-author Kermit Roosevelt, is an account of their hunting expedition in China ($50). The Yacht Racing Log published by the Derrydale Press is an interesting find for boating collectors ($750). It's a very good copy of a scarce Derrydale title.

Another Derrydale find is Burton Spiller's Thoroughbred from 1936 ($45). The copy at Callahan's is unique -- it seems to be a printer's or proofreader's copy; it contains none of the usual illustrations, is bound in stiff blue paper covers, and has pencil markings through the text, such as those printers might make when checking pages.

A collection of reproductions of sixty-nine drypoints by Roland Clark--Roland Cark's Etchings--features wild fowl and game bird scenes ($400). This copy contains an original pencil signed etching as frontispiece and was published in Derrydale, NY, in 1938.  

For those who read or collect naturalists or conservationist writers, there's a nice copy in green cloth of John Burroughs' Locusts and Wild Honey from 1900 ($12).

Explore the great outdoors--and a little bit more--in this catalogue. Check them out at Abebooks.