The Fly-Fisher's Entomology. Illustrated by Coloured Representations of the Natural and Artificial Insect. and accompanied by A few Observations and Instructions relative to Trout-and-Grayling Fishing - Alfred Ronalds 1844 - Longmans, London - Third Edition A superb example of Ronalds' ground breaking work on fly -fishing with twenty delicately engraved, hand-coloured plates.

‘Alfred Ronalds is one of the principal milestones in the entire history of fly fishing; with his Entomology, the rational basis of the scientific method had reached angling in full flower. The graphic work is beautifully executed, and the copper plate lithography remains equal to most modern printing technology.’ -

‘A serious and in many ways startlingly modern study of trout and grayling, their senses of hearing, sight, taste and smell, and the insect life in and around the river. It describes some 50 artificial flies each tied to represent a different natural, and presents 20 plates displaying around a hundred delicately hand-coloured illustrations of insects and their imitations. Many editions have appeared over the subsequent 160 years. Though only the earliest are hand-coloured.’ -
Mick Hall - The Flyfishers Annual
  Alfred Ronalds (1802-60) was born in London, and at the age of 15 he commenced an apprenticeship as an engraver, lithographer and copper plate printer. He later moved to Staffordshire, where he also spent time studying trout on a tributary of the River Trent. Others joined him in various experiments, and the result was the publication in 1836 of The Fly-Fisher's Entomology. In 1840 Ronald’s occupation was listed as farmer, by 1844 the family had moved to Wales and by 1846 Ronalds was set up as a full-time tackle maker and fly tier. In 1848, a year after the death of his wife and son Hugh died, Ronalds and his six eldest children emigrated to Melbourne, Australia. Dying there in 1860. In his short lifetime Ronalds had been a draftsman, engraver, copper plate printer, lithographer, surveyor, researcher, author, fishing tackle maker, fly tier, expert fly fisher, gold prospector, nurseryman and market gardener. He fathered twelve children from two marriages.

References: Westwood & Satchell,
Bibliotheca Piscatoria 178. Hills, Fly Fishing For Trout 228. Blakey, Historical Sketches of Angling Literature 326.

Octavo (23 x 15.3 cm) pp. xii [misprinted x] 115 [1] 32 (publisher’s catalogue dated April 1847). In publisher’s blind embossed green cloth, front board lettered in gilt, cream colour coated endpapers.
  Condition: Fine   Ref: 108831   Price: HK$ 4,500