RARE BOOK GUIDE - THE RUNNERS, THE RIDERS & THE ODDS

14 March 2007

The American Wild Turkey. Henry Davis. 1949.


Henry Davis. THE AMERICAN WILD TURKEY. Small Arms Technical Publishing Company, Georgetown, S.C. 1949.

Current Selling Prices
$550-$800 Want level 25-50 Highish


NATURAL HISTORY / HUNTING
Seriously wanted book on the Wild Turkey and especially Turkey hunting. North America"s largest game bird. Published in a yellow tweed cloth binding. Can show up in a jacket. A 'Samworth Book on Hunting.'

VALUE? Seldom seen at much less than $650 although a facsimile was produced in 1984 which appears to retail at circa $100, but there aren't any around There was also a fancy leather bound 'premier' edition of 3000 copies in 1989 which can cost $250. These Premier Press editions seem curiously elusive for a book with such a large print run. Premier Press also produced 'The Wild Turkey and Its Hunting' in 1986 by Edward Mcilhenny, another 3000 copy edition facsimile of a 1914 printing in fancy pigskin. That goes for $150 and the original 1914 edition $1300+.The literature on this national bird is said to be enormous (like the bird.)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Although Premier Press states that their runs were 3000 copies, very seldom did they actually reach that number during publication. They only produced enough to meet the pre-order subscription numbers.

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