A Quaint Treatise on "Flees, and the Art a Artyfichall Flee Making," By an Old Man Well Known on the Derbyshire Streams as a First-Class Fly-Fisher a Century Ago. Printed from an Old Ms. Never Before Published, the Original Spelling and Language Being Retained, with Editorial Notes and Patterns of Flies, and Samples of the Materials for Making Each Fly.

London: John B. Day, 1875.

First edition. 2 chromolithographic plates from a watercolor by James Poole. 22 sunken mounts with specimens of flies and fly tying material. 1 vols. 4to. INSCRIBED TO THE ARTIST. Original green cloth stamped in gilt and black, a.e.g. Some rubbing at head. Provenance: James Poole (presentation inscription from the editor); J. Bedford (gift inscription); Lindley Eberstadt (letter and his sporting bookplate loosely inserted). Custom morocco backed clamshell box Westwood & Satchell, p.3; Heckscher 18; Lindley Eberstadt sporting sale (Sotheby's, 1981), lot 127. Item #235653

The very rare 1875 imprint; almost all copies bear an 1876 imprint. With numerous specimens of flies and fly-making materials in 22 sunken mounts.

Presentation copy belonging to the artist. Inscribed on the title page: "James Poole Esq. / with the Editors kind regards & most sincere thanks." There is an additional gift inscription adjacent to this from Poole to J. Bedford, dated 1888. The present is one of the minority of copies with the title page dated 1875 rather than 1876 (as the spine reads). Contains actual samples of feathers, fishing line, thread, miniature hooks, etc., used in the creation of hand-tied flies
Provenance: James Poole (presentation inscription); J. Bedford (gift inscription); Lindley Eberstadt (letter, loosely inserted).

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