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The Angler's Vade Mecum - W. Carroll

1818 - Archibald Constable and Co., Edinburgh - First Edition
A lovely copy of one of the earliest books for the dry-fly purist, illustrated with 12twelvehand-coloured copper-engraved plates of 194 flies, arranged under the months from May to September. In contemporary binding and housed in custom morocco-backed slipcase.

This copy from the library of James Benkard, President (1879-83) of the exclusive ‘South Side Club’, Long Island, an angler’s club on Long Island, formed of ’
one hundred gentlemen, millionaires, merchants and professional men of note’. (NY Times, April 2, 1882). 
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The Wild Life of Scotland - James Hunter Crawford

1896 - John Macqueen, London - First Edition
A beautiful copy, illustrated throughout by John Williamson.

Including chapters on bird life, the moors, marine mammals and fish, the stag, lochs and the Shetlands.

 
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Dry Fly Entomology, A Brief Description of Leading Types of Natural Insects Serving as Food for Trout and Grayling, with 100 Best Patterns of Floating Flies and the Various Methods of Dressing them. - Frederic M. Halford

1897 - Vinton & Company Limited, London - First Edition
With 28 colour and black & white plates of flies, two folding charts, illustrations throughout text.  
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The British Angler's Manual, Or, The Art Of Angling In England, Scotland, Wales, And Ireland. With Some Account Of The Principal Rivers, Lakes, And Trout Streams, In The United Kingdom; With Instructions In Fly-Fishing, Trolling, And Angling At The Bottom, And More Particularly For The Trout. Embellished with numerous engravings on steel and wood, chiefly from original pictures and drawings by the author. - Thomas C. Hofland

1839 - Whitehead & Co. / R. Ackermann, London - First Edition
An angling treatise ‘the result of more than thirty years’ practice’ by the eminent English landscape painter, Thomas Christopher Hofland [1777-1843]. ‘An agreeably written and beautifully illustrated work’.

Most of the steel engraved plates are by the author (nine views and four exquisite engravings of artificial flies) along with many of the 39 woodcuts. Two of the plates are in facsimile.
 
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The Salmon Fly: How to Dress it and How to Use it - Geo. M. Kelson

1895 - Published by the Author, London - First Edition
One of the finest books produced on the Salmon Fly, for the passionate fly fisherman, with eight beautiful full page colour plates of flies, and over 120 black and white wood engraved illustrations. In The Salmon Fly, George Kelson boldly and confidently distilled a lifetime of salmon fishing wisdom into this privately published work. In the publisher’s bright burgundy and gilt cloth, housed in a custom felt lined slipcase.

The first part of the book is devoted to the techniques of tying the salmon fly as well as patterns for individual flies. The second part is devoted to the practical aspects of fishing for salmon with the fly, locating fish, casting techniques, catching and landing fish and various accessories and equipment.
 
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1901 - Published by the Author, London - First Edition
This lovely work, is the follow up to Kelson’s large and highly successful ‘The Salmon Fly’ published in 1895. Here he gives illustrated and up to date guidance to those interested the art of catching the king of fish with a fly, in a book at such a price as will bring it within the reach of all.

Grouped into seven chapters -
The Rod to Select; The Fly to Use; Methods of Casting; Riverside Hints; Wading; Knots; and Modern Improvements.

Interspersed amongst the 25 illustrations are wonderful illustrated advertisements for Burberrys, as well as numerous advertisements to the rear. Tipped in on a separate pink sheet is a notice for the author's "
The Salmon Fly... only a few copies left".

In the publisher’s bright burgundy and gilt cloth, housed in a custom burgundy cloth slipcase
 
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The Poetry of Sport - Hedley Peek (editor)

1896 - Longmans, London and Bombay - First Edition
‘Haste, ranger, to the Athol mountains blue! Unleash the hounds, and let the bugles sing! The thousand traces in the morning dew, the bounding deer,the black-cock on the wing, bespeak the rout of Scotland’s gallant king...from cairn of Bruar to the dark Glen-Morre, the forest’s in a howl, and all is wild uproar!’

A handsomely bound edition, with a distinctly Glaswegian accent, being bound in Glasgow and owned by the renowned medical Professor David Fyfe Anderson.

Containing a chapter on classical allusions to sport by Andrew Lang, and a lively preface to the Badminton Library by A.E.T Watson. Accompanied with illustrations by artists A. Thorburn, Lucien Davis, and C.E Brock, among others, this is a lovely compilation of poetry on the subject of sport for young men in the late eighteen-hundreds, primarily depicting activities such as fishing, hunting, and shooting.
 
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The Oarsman’s and Angler’s Map of the River Thames - E. G. Ravenstein F.R.G.S.

Circa 1873-1877 - James Reynolds, London
A super copy, of this rare and early map of the Thames, which folds out to over eight feet in length (2.64m, 104”), canvassed backed and housed in the original publisher’s green cloth covers, blind embossed and titled in gilt.

Beginning at Cirencester and Kemble, then passing through Cricklade, Kelmscott, Oxford, Reading, Henley, Maidenhead, ending at London Bridge, including details of locks, the charge to use them, bridges, towns and villages.

With single page introductory notes pasted to front pastedown.
 
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