BLACKER (WILLIAM) Art of Angling, and Complete System of Fly Making, and Dying of Colours, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, 1842
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BLACKER (WILLIAM) Art of Angling, and Complete System of Fly Making, and Dying of Colours, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, 1842
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BLACKER (WILLIAM)
Art of Angling, and Complete System of Fly Making, and Dying of Colours, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, engraved frontispiece, title and one plate, spotting, angling bookplate of J.A. Radcliffe, original blindstamped morocco, gilt lettered "Blacker's Art of Angling" on spine, g.e. [Westwood & Satchell, p.32-33], 12mo, the Author, March, 1842

Footnotes

  • The first issue, printed in Edinburgh by Anderson and Bryce, with 38 pages. Blacker, in the preface of the second edition defends the "diminutive appearance" of the first, writing "that a great deal of matter could be propounded in few words... to prevent incumbrance, and to afford the lovers of the gentle craft an opportunity of keeping it in their side-pocket...", moving on to "my Fly-making genius..., that for ages to come, this pocket companion will remain unrivalled as a scientific and practical work. I have perused many books on the art of angling, and although their authors were clever men, yet none of them have come even near anything like teaching the principal branch of an angler's education".
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