Blacker's Art of Fly Making, &c...with Engravings of Salmon & Trout Flies. William Blacker.

Blacker's Art of Fly Making, &c...with Engravings of Salmon & Trout Flies.

London: Blacker of 54, Dean St. Soho, 1855.

Third edition, "Rewritten & revised by the author", later issue with three inserted pages of reviews. With engraved frontispiece and title, seventeen fine hand-colored plates, and three in black and white. [i-iv], v-xi, [xii], 1-259 pp. 1 vols. Sm 8vo (158 x 98 mm.). Original green cloth, spine tooling with foliate device. A few plate leaves somewhat short at bottom margin (not affecting plates). Fine. In solander box. Westwood & Satchell, pp. 32-33; Heckscher no. 203. Item #220775

Best edition. An important and much sought-after volume, an expanded version of two smaller editions, the first published in 1842; the plates are remarkable, and of great delicate beauty. Notes Westwood & Satchell: "The work is a strange medley of practical usefulness and rhapsodical extravagance. The instructions for fly-making are peculiarly precise and clear." And, we might add, the hand-colored plates are utterly delightful.

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