WEST (LEONARD) The Natural Trout Fly and its Imitations. Being an Angler's Record of Insects Seen at the Waterside and the Method of Making their Imitations

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Lot 625
WEST (LEONARD)
The Natural Trout Fly and its Imitations. Being an Angler's Record of Insects Seen at the Waterside and the Method of Making their Imitations

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WEST (LEONARD)
The Natural Trout Fly and its Imitations. Being an Angler's Record of Insects Seen at the Waterside and the Method of Making their Imitations, first edition, one of 2 or 3 copies with extra plates of materials, additional to de luxe edition of approximately 30 sets, 108 actual specimens of flies within 9 sunken mounts, 16 plates (13 colour), additional portrait photograph of the author signed "Yours truly Leonard West" on the mount, 4 additional sunken mounts of actual specimens of hackles and feathers, one mount containing 25 actual hooks, black morocco gilt, g.e., preserved in morocco-backed solander box, 8vo, St. Helens, Published by the Author, [1912]

Footnotes

  • John Simpson's research concluded that around 30 'normal' copies of the de luxe edition were produced for sale. Two or three additional copies were created with actual specimen hackles and feathers mounted on 4 plates, and 25 actual hooks, largely corresponding to the printed coloured plates and hook chart in the regular edition. One of these, the present copy, West retained himself, and another he gave to his friend J. Unsworth. A third copy may have been presented to George V. The present copy was sold (for £18.18s) by Henry Young & Sons in February, 1937.
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