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William Blacker's Art of Flymaking, Angling & Dyeing (1855) - RARE
1855. Privately published by the Author - William Blacker. The very first edition of this book (1842) contained examples of the actual flies he had made. This was the first edition (the third one) that contained 22 illustrations - mainly of the flies and the methods to make them. 17 of these were exquisitely hand coloured and all are present in this copy. This copy's green cover has faded a little on the back near the spine - see photo. The books' 259 pages are tightly bound with very little foxing. The illustrated pages are done on slightly thicker paper throughout and a few of these have a kind of tide mark at the bottom. I have included pictures of these. The title page layout and the frontispiece pic has this discolouring appearing at the bottom - pictured. And a couple of other image-pages have this on their edges. The text pages are clean and bright with fascinating commentary on the age-old art of fly-making. Wikipedia quotes fly fishing historian Andrew Herd: Blacker's advice on fly tying was a radical departure from this predecessor. For a start, he gave totally different methods for tying trout and salmon flies, and much of his writing was taken up by a manual devoted to the details of how to dress individual flies. Where the salmon fly is concerned, Blacker was the torch that illuminated the night and the pattern he created suddenly lifted the sights of many of his contemporaries. His fame spread so far and wide that is wasn't long before he could afford to charge three pounds for a month's tuition of four hours each day at trout and salmon fly tying. It is the h … [Click Below for Full Description]
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