NYMPHS AND THEIR DRESSINGS. Being the actual patterns evolved described  and dressed by that famous fisherman and great writer on matters  piscatorial, G.E.M. Skues, Esq.

NYMPHS AND THEIR DRESSINGS. Being the actual patterns evolved described and dressed by that famous fisherman and great writer on matters piscatorial, G.E.M. Skues, Esq.

NYMPHS AND THEIR DRESSINGS. Being the actual patterns evolved described  and dressed by that famous fisherman and great writer on matters  piscatorial, G.E.M. Skues, Esq.

NYMPHS AND THEIR DRESSINGS. Being the actual patterns evolved described and dressed by that famous fisherman and great writer on matters piscatorial, G.E.M. Skues, Esq.

DRY-FLY FISHING IN THEORY AND PRACTICE. By Frederic M. Halford ("Detached Badger" of "The Field"). Edition de Luxe.

1889 1st edition. Large 8vo (170 x 258mm). Ppxii,289 + 1pp ads. Three hand-coloured plates of flies, two coloured chromolithograph plates, twenty-one plain plates, text illustrations. Title-page printed in black and red. Original full green morocco gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges rough-cut. Edition limited to 100 copies.

The de luxe edition of one of the most important works on flyfishing ever published. "This Imperial 8vo Edition de Luxe, with Mounted Plates and Text Illustrations on India Paper, is limited to 100 copies, of which this is No. 73. (Signed) Frederic M. Halford". Fully bound in the publisher's original dark green morocco, five raised bands and gilt titles on the spine, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges rough-cut, marbled end-papers with gilt inner dentelles. Widely thought of as the greatest work on the subject of fly-fishing published in the last century. History has not always been kind to Mr Halford, indeed there have been periods during the last one hundred years when his name and his work have been denigrated, and his reputation has been associated with an excessive purism and a narrow dogma, thought to be the product of snobbishness and an exclusive cult. These ideas have little relation to Halford's actual words or his achievement. Though he was unaware of the potential of nymph fishing in chalk streams, he nonetheless was an all round fisherman of considerable intuition and experience, and a tireless experimenter always in search of improvements, whether in flies or tackle. On the river Test in Hampshire, where so much of his pursuit of trout and grayling took place, Halford is still remembered with proper respect. His name is also revered from New York to Tokyo among the devotees of the Dry Fly. Apart from its historical value, this book is still very well worth a perusal by fly fishermen of the southern chalk streams. It is also a model of clear expression, brilliant organisation, lucid prose, and, above all, remarkable thoroughness, so typical of the pioneers of the Victorian Age.
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Author Halford (Frederic Michael). (1844-1914).
Book Code 45000
ISBN B001AVWXOE
Book Description Edition de Luxe. Signed by the author, copy number 73 of 100. Spine evenly faded (as usual), lower board unevenly faded, small dent to upper board otherwise a very good copy, largely uncut. Bookplate of Octavius Leigh Clare.
Book Cover Hardcover
Published Date 1889
Publisher Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington.
Place London.