A CLUB “An Assembly of Good Fellows”

 

 

by ONE OF THE MEMBERS

Harper & Brothers Publishers, NY 1914.

 

REPRINTED FROM

Essays and Miscellanies, (Vol 2, 1st ed 1914)

BY JOSEPH S. AUERBACH

AS A GIFT BOOK TO

MEMBERS OF THE CLUB

(the Southside Sportsmen’s Club)

COPYRIGHT 1914, BY HARPER & BROTHERS

 

 

The First Edition 1914

 

THE COVER

 

SIZE 5.25 ” w  x 7.75”h 12mo  with milk chocolate brown paper boards with a matching cloth spine, matching brown end papers. The cover has a 1.75”h x 3.75”w picture of a grist mill and below in text “ MORE WATER GLIDETH BY THE MILL / THAN WOTS THE MILLER OF” / A CLUB.  All lettering in gold leaf.

 

The First State:

 

The spine reads: A CLUB  / BY ONE OF THE MEMBERS / (trefoil design) with a 1914 date on the bottom of the spine.

 

The Second State:

 

The spine reads: A CLUB / (trefoil design) / BY ONE OF THE MEMBERS with HARPERS on the bottom of the spine

Issued with an insert, a  9 ¾” x 7 ½”  leaf folded in half  on the width and printed on the resulting face of 2 of pages created with information about the book and that it is “a Gift Book to the members of “A Club”…how responsive an echo the story of the unique fellowship and sentiment of our little world has awakened in the big outside world.”

 

THE TEXT BLOCK

 

133 pp., with page133 unnumbered. TEG with fore edge and bottom deckle edged. See below for pagination differences.

 

 

The First State:

 

The first leaf blank. The second leaf, the half title –A CLUB. The third leaf, the title - (2 acorns)A CLUB(2 acorns) / “An assembly of good fellows” / by / ONE OF THE MEMBERS / HARPER AND BROTHERS PUBLISHERS / NEW YORK AND LONDON / MCMXIV  and verso - REPRINTED FROM / Essays and Miscellanies / BY JOSEPH S. AUERBACH / AS A GIFT BOOK TO / MEMBERS OF THE CLUB / COPYRIGHT 1914, BY HARPER & BROTHERS.  The fourth leaf, the dedication - A CLUB / In memory of long, unbroken comradeship with fine fellows and beautiful streams and woods and fields, this rambling jour-ney is affectionately inscribed as the tribute of the lover to them all.

 

The Second State:

 

The first leaf blank. The second leaf, blank. The third leaf blank. The fourth leaf, half title page - A CLUB. The fifth leaf, title - (2 acorns) A CLUB(2 acorns)  / “An assembly of good fellows” / by / ONE OF THE MEMBERS / HARPER AND BROTHERS PUBLISHERS / NEW YORK AND LONDON / MCMXIV and verso copyright page - COPYRIGHT 1914, BY HARPER & BROTHERS. The sixth leaf, REPRINTED FROM / Essays and Miscellanies / BY JOSEPH S. AUERBACH / AS A GIFT BOOK TO / MEMBERS OF THE CLUB  verso - A CLUB / In memory of long, unbroken comradeship with fine fellows and beautiful streams and woods and fields, this rambling jour-ney is affectionately inscribed as the tribute of the lover to them all.

 


The Second Edition 1920

 

THE COVER

 

SIZE 5.25 ” w  x 7.75”h 12mo  dark green cloth covers / A CLUB / by one of its’ members all lettering in gold leaf.  The spine reads: A CLUB / BY ONE OF THE MEMBERS with HARPERS on the bottom of the spine. Issued with dust jacket.

 

THE TEXT BLOCK

 

Totally reset .TEG, with fore edge and bottom deckle edged.

 

The first leaf - / A CLUB / verso blank. The second leaf, a frontis, a vertical picture of the mill and the caption: more water glideth by the mill / Than wots the miller of.” The third leaf  /A CLUB (in red ink) / “An assembly of good fellows” / BY / ONE OF THE MEMBERS / Second Edition / HARPER AND BROTHERS PUBLISHERS / NEW YORK AND LONDON / 1920 verso REPRINTED FROM THE / THIRD EDITION OF / Essays and Miscellanies / BY JOSEPH S. AUERBACH / COPYRIGHT, 1914, BY HARPER & BROTHERS. The fourth leaf, / A CLUB / In memory of long, unbroken comradeship with fine fellows and beautiful streams and woods and fields, this rambling journey is affectionately inscribed as the tribute of the lover to them all. verso: blank. The fifth leaf: A poem, THE OLD MILL verso blank. The sixth leaf starts page 1. Page 134 (unnumbered) has the reviews of this book.

 

 

The Third Edition 1939

 

THE COVER

 

SIZE 5.25 ” w  x 7.75”h 12mo  dark red cloth covers / A CLUB / by one of its’ members all lettering in gold leaf.  The spine reads: A CLUB / BY ONE OF THE MEMBERS with HARPERS on the bottom of the spine. Issued with dust jacket.

 

THE TEXT BLOCK

 

Totally reset again with an errata slip laid in to correct two spelling errors now in the book.

TEG with fore edge and bottom deckle edged.

 

The first leaf - / A CLUB /. The second leaf, a frontis, a horizontal picture of the mill and the caption:

more water glideth by the mill / Than wots the miller of.” The third leaf  /A CLUB (in red ink) / “An assembly of good fellows” / BY / ONE OF THE MEMBERS / Third Edition / HARPER AND BROTHERS PUBLISHERS / NEW YORK AND LONDON / 1939 verso REPRINTED FROM THE / THIRD EDITION OF / Essays and Miscellanies / BY JOSEPH S. AUERBACH / COPYRIGHT, 1914, BY HARPER & BROTHERS. The fourth leaf, / A CLUB / In memory of long, unbroken comradeship with fine fellows and beautiful streams and woods and fields, this rambling journey is affectionately inscribed as the tribute of the lover to them all. ERRATA slip tipped in below. verso: blank. The fifth leaf A poem, THE OLD MILL verso blank. The sixth leaf starts page 1. Pages 134-137 (unnumbered) have the reviews of this book.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Since the club had a hundred members, the book was probably first printed in an edition of less than 110 copies. The1909 history of the club was printed in an edition of 105 copies, and was authored by Gherardi Davis, who is mentioned in this book on page 30 as “the club historian”. That this (1914) book was reprinted twice after this, in 1920 and 1939 without the mention of this being a “gift book to members of the club” may have been due to demand for copies from the public at large, non-members, new members, or readers of Joseph Auerbach’s other works. The book divulges its’ secrets to those who read the text within, where the river and it’s fishing runs through it, along with stories about the members. From page 1, where “ Not far .…amid the oaks and pines of Long Island ….are the many acres to which we are to journey together.…they belong…to a club…. to the end of page 132 where members leave the club’s dining room, the references to the South Side Sportsmen’s Club and its members are throughout this book.

 

Joseph Smith Auerbach (1845-1944) Auerbach obtained his A.B. degree from New York University in 1875 and his LL.B. in 1877, and his A.M. in 1891. He practiced law in New York City beginning in 1879. He was with the firm, Davies, Auerbach, Cornell & Hardy.

 

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