The Angler's Vade Mecum, containing A Descriptive Account of the Water Flies, Their Seasons, and the Kind of Weather that brings them most on the Water. To which is added, A Description of the Different Baits Used in Angling, and Where Found - 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 12 twelve hand-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).
  Provenance: James Benkard, with his book plate and signature. Later from the sporting library of Samuel B. Webb, with his hunting bookplate.

References: Westwood & Satchell,
Bibliotheca Piscatoria 50. Hills, Fly Fishing For Trout 223. Blakey, Historical Sketches of Angling Literature 309.

pp. [2] vii [1] 128 [2]. 11 colour plates bound in at rear. Binding with possible light restoration to corners.
  Bound in contemporary full dark blue straight grain morocco, spine intricately decorated and lettered in gilt, single decorative gilt border to front and rear boards, marbled edges. Housed in two part slipcase, spine in blue morocco, raised bands, six compartments, lettered in gilt.   Condition: Near fine, some offsetting from frontispiece to title page, faint spotting to verso of plates, in very good binding, with patch of abrasion to front board, and possible minor restoration to corners. Slipcase fine with only a little sunning to spine.   Ref: 108828   Price: HK$ 5,500