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Taylors Gut Manuscripts


Manuscript Collection Number: 252
Accessioned: Gift of Dudley Cammet Lunt, 1968 and 1974.
Extent: .6 linear ft. (16 items).
Content: Typescript manuscript, galley proofs, page proofs, and layouts.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: February 1992 by Anita A. Wellner.

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Biographical Note

Dudley Cammett Lunt was born in Maine in 1896 and educated at Phillips Andover Academy and at Yale. Lunt trained at law and was a member of the bar in both Maine and Delaware. His writing included various books on nature and law as well as a semiweekly personal column for Wilmington's Morning News that reflected his long-time interest in nature, the wilderness, and wildlife conservation.

Some of the books written by Dudley Lunt include The Road to the Law (1932); The Bounds of Delaware (1947); The Farmers Bank: an historical account of the president, directors and company of The Farmers Bank of the State of Delaware, 1807-1957 (1957); and Thousand Acre Marsh (1959), a book describing the marshes, swamps, and tidal creeks of both Maine and Delaware. He also wrote Tales of the Delaware Bench and Bar (1963), which sketches the development of the court system in Delaware from colonial times; The Woods and the Sea (1965), a collection of reflections on the natural settings of Maine, and Taylors Gut (1968), the focus of this manuscript collection. Mr. Lunt also edited several volumes of Thoreau's works, one of which was The Concord and the Merrimack (1954).


Lunt, Dudley Cammett. Taylors Gut: In the Delaware State. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1968.

Scope and Content Note

The Taylors Gut Manuscripts consists of .6 linear feet of written and printed material prepared toward the 1968 publication of Dudley Cammett Lunt's Taylors Gut: In the State of Delaware. Taylors Gut details the author's reflections on the natural history and waterfowl of Delaware, with particular focus on Taylors Gut, which began as a little salt creek in the wetlands of the Delaware Bay and later evolved into a pond.

The collection includes the original setting copy typescript, four sets of corrected galley proofs, two sets of page proofs, layouts for various pages, and several early typescripts for certain preliminary material and for chapter 15.

Since all of the material bears extensive revision by the author and his editors, it will be valuable in studying the evolving text of Taylors Gut from Lunt's original manuscript through its publication.

Arrangement note

Box 1 consists of the early typescripts and the setting copy typescript. Box 2 consists of the layouts for the preliminary matter, chapter titles, and page headers, as well as the two sets of page proofs. The four sets of oversized galleys are shelved in the manuscript oversize section.

Contents List

Box -- Folder -- Contents

     F1   Table of Contents, Foreword, and Dedication, [1968].
          Ts.  Bears autograph corrections and notes by the author.

     F2   Chapter 15, [1968].
          Ts and Print (photocopy).  Bears extensive autograph corrections, deletions, and
          additions by the author. 
     F3-6 Setting Copy Manuscript, 1968.
          Ts, Autograph layouts, and Ts (mimeograph).  Bears extensive revisions by the
          author, editor's  corrections, and printer's notations.  Includes layout pages for the
          table of contents and the dedication page.

               F3   Pages i-ix and 1-91A
               F4   Pages 92-231
               F5   Pages 232-341
               F6   Pages 342-472


     F7   Preliminary Material, Chapter Titles, Page Headers, 1968.
          Layouts.  Bear autograph notes, corrections, and  drawings.  Includes sheets for
          half-title pages,  the title page, chapter titles, and page headers.

     F8-9 Page Proofs, 1968.
          Consists of page proofs cut from galleys with the printed illustrations taped in at
          appropriate pages.  Bears few autograph notations.

               F8   Pages i-xi and 1-122
               F9   Pages 123-306

     F10  Page Proofs, 1968.
          Incomplete set of stapled signatures bearing autograph corrections and initialed
          with the statement: "ok to print as corrected."  Includes pages 51-306.

Shelved in Manuscript Oversize Section

     F11  Printers Proofs, 1968.
          Galley proofs without paging which bear autograph editor's corrections and
          printer's notations.

     F12  Galley Proofs, 1968.
          Second set of galleys (identical F11 galleys) bearing autograph corrections.

Shelved in Manuscript Oversize Section

     F13  Revised Printers Proofs, 1968.
          Revised galley proofs with editor's corrections and printer's notations.  These
          galleys include page numbers, a table of contents and incorporates the corrections
          made to the galleys in F11 and F12.

     F14  Author's Revised Galley Proofs, 1968.
          A second set of revised galleys (identical to F13 galleys) which bear the author's
          autograph notes and corrections.    

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