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.

Price: $5,500.00


About the item

First edition, second Issue (later state or the “Unauthorized Issue” without the 2 chromolithograph plates). 2 completed flies and 23 flies with dressing materials displayed in 22 sunken mounts on six leaves. Title page printed in red and black, title and text printed within double red rules. xiii, [xiv, blank], [xv, errata], 91 pp. 1 vols. 4to. Original green cloth stamped in gilt and black, a.e.g. Some shelf wear, some minor foxing, inner hinge cracked. Very good plus copy. Custom morocco backed box. Heckscher 18; Litchfield 49; Gee 84; Kerridge 79; Westwood & Satchell 3; Flyfisher's Journal, Summer 2000, pp.31-36.

Item #230804

Issued by Day probably without Aldam's approval (he referred to them as "spurious" copies). Thus with no color plates, and with half-moon white serrated paper seals attaching the flies, which have a different source from that of the copies sold with Aldam’s approval.