THE ART OF THE ATLANTIC SALMON FLY. By J.D. Bates. Line drawings and  frontispiece by Henry McDaniel. Limited edition.

THE ART OF THE ATLANTIC SALMON FLY. By J.D. Bates. Line drawings and frontispiece by Henry McDaniel. Limited edition.

A SNOWDON STREAM (THE GWYRFAI) AND HOW TO FISH IT. By W.H. Canaway.  Decorations by D.J. Watkins-Pitchford, A.R.C.A.

A SNOWDON STREAM (THE GWYRFAI) AND HOW TO FISH IT. By W.H. Canaway. Decorations by D.J. Watkins-Pitchford, A.R.C.A.

BIBLIOTHECA SALMO SALAR: A SELECTION OF RARE BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS, JOURNALS, DIARIES, PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS and EPHEMERA ON THE SUBJECT OF ATLANTIC SALMON FISHING. From the collection of Charles B. Wood III. De luxe edition.

2017 1st edition. De luxe issue. 4to (220 x 315mm). Pp242 + colophon. Colour photographs. Quarter-bound in maroon leather over marbled paper-covered boards, spine titled in gilt. Slipcase. Edition limited to 85 copies.

"Every activity generates its own literature, but few outdoor sports have generated as much enthusiasm and literature some of it incredibly esoteric, most of it interesting, and some of it downright irresistible as salmon fishing. It is not an inexpensive sport. All salmon demand clean, fast-moving, fresh water, and the Atlantic salmon, which often returns as many as five times to the same rivers to spawn and can attain weights of over sixty pounds, have seen their southern runs entirely eliminated by dams, pollution, and commercial fishing. What remains are the few closely guarded rivers of Canada, Iceland, Great Britain, and Scandinavia all of them relatively inaccessible. All of them beautiful. All of them damn expensive to fish. Charles Wood, a distinguished antiquarian bookseller, has been pursuing these fish for decades, and he has also built up what is probably the most extensive collection about the sport in private hands. For this selective bibliography he has chosen 230 of what he considers the most interesting titles (some of them so rare that they might be encountered only once in a lifetime) and arranged them by country and publication date. All titles are illustrated. What makes the book a real pleasure is the knowledge he brings to bear not only as a bookman, but also as a reader and a fisherman. He knows the rivers; in many cases he knows the people who fished them and wrote the books. And he knows what qualifies as quality, whether it is an elusive and fugitive mimeographed account of an excursion to a Norwegian river or a deluxe full leather quarto containing an original salmon fly. So this is no dry, pedantic list of famous books, but rather a fascinating and illuminating journey into a world of piscatorial lore, adventure, and description". Contents include:- Foreword by Henry Wessells; Introduction by the author; Salmon fishing: Norway; Salmon fishing: England, Scotland and Ireland; Salmon fishing: Canada; Salmon clubs; Books with actual flies in them; Photograph albums; Manuscripts, proofs, and journals; Miscellany; Bibliography; Author index; Provenance index. Published in an edition of 1100 copies, 1000 of which are for sale with the remaining copies for private distribution.
£750.00
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Book Code
46561
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Author Wood (Charles B., III). (b. 1936).
Book Code 46561
ISBN 1567924581 / 9781567924589
Book Description Fine unread copy in slipcase. Signed and numbered by the author. This copy is one of a de luxe edition that was limited to only 85 copies. Quarter-bound by Gray Parrot in maroon leather over marbled paper-covered boards, spine titled in gilt. Each cop
Book Cover Hardcover
Published Date 2017
Publisher David R. Godine.
Place Boston.