Ten Days' Sport on Salmon Rivers. With an Introduction by David Ledlie.

Cambridge, Ma: Privately Printed by Charles B. Wood, 1997.

Price: $3,500.00

About the item

Allen, Gordon. First book edition of an essay originally published in 1875; No. 19 of 55 copies, signed by Ledlie, the printer Darrell Hyder, and Wood. With seven etchings by Gordon Allen, who printed, and has numbered and signed, each plate. 1 vols. Folio (14 x 11 inches). Original deluxe binding of specially designed paste paper with fish motif over boards, blue morocco fore-edges and lettered spine, by Gray Parrot of Hancock, Maine, as new in original cloth-covered folding box. Bibliotheca Salmo Salar 118.

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No effort has been spared to make this book, in the words of the publisher, "one which would add to the genre and go on to become a valued and sought-after volume". Printed letterpress by Darrell Hyder, The Sun Hill Press on heavyweight French Rives paper, each etching numbered and signed by the artist, elegantly bound by one of America's foremost binders, this is a labor of love well worthy of the author of "The Ristigouche".

The text is taken from an article written by Dean Sage for the August 1875 issue of the Atlantic Monthly: it was Sage's first literary effort (he was then 34) and describes his first encounter with Salmo salar on two tributaries of the legendary Ristigouche. The article was prompted by Sage's friends Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Atlantic editor William Dean Howells, to whom posterity--as will be seen by the reader of this sumptuous work--owes a debt of thanks.