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Life and Sport in Aiken and those who made it
New York: The Derrydale Press, 1935. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. First Edition. [xi],[2],1-237 pages. 8vo., green cloth gilt; t.e.g.; small adhesive mark to front endpaper; printed dust jacket slightly dulled with a number of edge tears and a shallow chip; minor spotting to the binding mostly on spine panel and above the title on the front cover. Siegel 94. First edition. One of 950 un-numbered copies printed, the entire edition. Illustrated with color frontispiece plate and numerous plates with halftones from photographs. The book celebrates Hitchcock Woods in Aiken, South Carolina, which for years was the most important training site for polo players and steeplechase riders in America. This copy with added material, including a printed broadside announcement for the "Grand Aiken Horse Show Ball" Monday, March 23, 1931 and a signed typed note dated 1926 from famous sportswoman Louise Eustis Hitchcock of Broad Hollow Farm in Westbury, Long Island to a "Mr. Stoddart" thanking him for "the verses on the Aiken Drag." She writes: "I think they are excellent and amusing to have. I am going to have some copies made and will send one to the Countess Orlowski, who was always much interested in the Aiken verses. I was pleased to hear you had such an interesting trip with Mr. Smith [i.e., the author]. He is certainly a wonderful companion. Tom joins me in thanking you for your kind expressions of sympathy in our loss, and also in sending very kind regards to you." 'Tom' is Louise Hitchcock's husband Thomas Hitchcock Sr., a polo champion in his own right, and recognized by many as the father of American Steeplechase. Louise and Thomas were the parents of Tommy Hitchcock Jr. (whom many feel was one of the best polo players ever). All three Hitchcocks are inductees to the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame. The last chapter of the book is written as a memorial to Louise Hitchcock. A most desirable copy of this book. Hard Cover.
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