A Quaint Treatise on “Flees, and the Art a Artyfichall Flee Making” By An Old Man…with editorial notes…by W.H. Aldam.

London: John B. Day, 1876 [but later].

Price: $5,500.00


About the item

First edition, second issue. Title page printed in red and black, title and text printed within double red rules. 2 completed flies and 23 flies with dressing materials displayed in 22 sunken mounts on six leaves. xiii, [xiv, blank], [xv, errata], 91 pp. 1 vols. 4to. Original green cloth stamped in gilt and black, a.e.g. Head of spine deflty repaired. A bright fresh copy. Bookplate of Arthur Howard Thompson. Preserved in red cloth solander box by Aquarius. Heckscher 18; Litchfield 49; Gee 84; Kerridge 79; Westwood & Satchell 3; Flyfisher's Journal, Summer 2000, pp.31-36.

Item #220762

The manuscript upon which Aldam based his text appeared at auction in 1999; the author's name was revealed to be Robert Whitehead, but nothing further of the author is known.

This is the later state of the book, likely produced by Day without Aldam’s approval, without the chromolithographic plates, and with the flies and material specimens attached with white paper wafers. Aldam called the “spurious” copies

Handsome copy, finely preserved.