(1842) 1994 reprint of 1855 edition. De luxe issue. 8vo (162 x 243mm). Ppxxxviii,259. 17 Colour plates and three b/w photographs. Fully bound in black goatskin, marbled end papers, all edges gilt, presentation box.
The Standgaard De luxe limited edition of 55 copies with fly and a copy of "The Amazing Mr Blacker" by Henrik Strandgaard included in the same box. Blacker set up as a fly-dresser and tackle-dealer in Soho in the 1820's. His exciting salmon-fly patterns were among the first to use exotic materials. His book was first published in 1842, then re-issued in 1855 with wonderful new colour plates. Each copy incorporates one of three pattersn: The No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 from the plates of salmon flies, tied by Henrik Strandgaard of Copenhagen. Henrik is an authority on Blacker dressings and states: "All the flies are tied according to Blacker's description and look exactly like the files in the plates, with original material and on copies (hand-crafted hooks) of Phillips of Dublin Limericks." Introduction by Kevin McKenna Specification 320 pages 17 colour plates and three black and white photographs Fully bound in black goatskin leather Hand marbled endpapers Raised bands Gold tooling Silk marker ribbon Gold blocked buckram silk lined presentation box.