Trout in New Zealand: Where to Go and How to Catch Them - AUTHOR’S COPY - W.H. Spackman 1892 - George Disbury, Wellington - First Edition Spackman’s own copy of the first edition, and the first published work by a New Zealander on New Zealand trout fishing, with his underlinings and annotations to the first chapter, possibly preparing for an extract to be published on Salmon in New Zealand, as he has crossed out trout Fishing in New Zealand, and inserted Acclimatization of Trout Salmonidae in New Zealand.

This work also also details for the first time the major fishing waters of the South Island, describing the Mataura River as ‘
the best fly-fishing river in Otago or Southland’.

With the large folding map
New Zealand Shewing Trout Streams [49 x 74 cm] which is usually missing, as well as two full page plates of Otago Trout from different Rivers, and a colour folding plan of the Acclimatisation Ponds at Masterton.

William Henry Spackman was a Barrister, as well as President of the Canterbury Angler’s Society, and Counsel to the Canterbury Acclimatisation Society. He was the joint owner of a fishing hut at Selwyn Huts, by the Selwyn River near Christchurch.
  Spackman was the first person in New Zealand to write a New Zealand fishing book published in New Zealand. An historic must for the angling bibliophile.’ - Corliss, New Zealand freshwater fish and fishing [2001]

Provenance: With small bookplate of Alan John Jarvis, the noted collector of Angling Books.

References: Westwood & Satchell,
Supplement 1883 to 1900, 17 [London Edition of 1894]. Bagnall, New Zealand National Bibliography S1363. Corliss 199. Frank Leckie Friends of the Hocken. Not in Hill.

pp. [4] ii 99 [3]. In publisher’s blue cloth covered boards, lettered in gilt to front board.

Illustrated with a colour folding plan of the
Acclimatisation Ponds at Masterton, two full page plates of Otago Trout from different Rivers [Shag River, Waikouaiti River, Lee Stream, Waiwera, Waipahi, Pomahaka, and Canterbury Trout], large map at rear of ‘New Zealand Shewing Trout Streams’ dated July 1892 and issued by S. Percy Smith, Surveyor General, showing North Island, Middle Island, and Stewart Island.
  Condition: A very good coy, small area of soiling to top right corner of front board, foxing to front end-papers, title toned and rear of map when folded toned.   Ref: 104692   Price: HK$ 3,800