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Blue Fishing [Artist's Manuscript with Illustrations]
[Norwich, CT], 1859. Hardcover. Very Good. Hardcover. A charming handwritten book from the mid 1800s featuring an illustrated comic story about two gentlemen from Norwich, CT who embark on a fishing trip to New London with their dog in hopes of catching many large blue fish. After renting a rowboat and then a sail boat - and spending many uneventful hours on the water - the men decide to give up. Not wanting to return empty-handed to the scorn of their lady friends, they purchase several bluefish from a more successful fisherman. Upon arriving at home, the ladies immediately suspect that the fish were not caught by the men and interrogate them until they confess. A happy ending completes the tale with everyone dining on blue fish. The book is "respectfully dedicated to Andrew Webster, Esq. by a Fellow Sufferer and Fellow Fisherman, H.V. Edmond, July 28, 1859." The pages are mostly disbound; however the original three quarter leather backed marbled paper covered boards are included. A diamond shaped leather title label reading "Blue Fishing / Illustrated by Edmond" is attached to the front cover. There is a large loss to the bottom front corner of the front cover and heavy wear to the edges of the boards. The interior is clean overall with finger smudges along the margins of some pages. This is one of three known copies of this manuscript, each of which differ slightly in both text and illustration. According to the records of the Slater Museum (who hold one copy), Edmond (1838 - 1894) lived at 42 Broadway in Norwich, CT. "He illustrated a book called the 'Norwich Jubilee' published by John W. Stedman on the occasion of the city's sesquicentennial showing the Wauregan and Union Square festooned for the occasion with banners that were no doubt his handiwork. A banner arches over Union Street with the word 'Wauregan' which in Mohegan means, roughly translated, 'all things good.' ... In 1880, Vermont born Henry V. Edmond, was listed in the census as [still] residing in Norwich with his eighteen year old son, fifteen and thirteen year old daughters, and his sixty four year old mother. In addition, two unrelated 'servant' females, aged twenty-three and thirty-five and born in Ireland, lived in the house. It seems the exuberant youth of 'Blue Fishing: Illustrated' had become a young widower. He is listed, at the age of 42, as employed as a 'bookkeeper.'" Size: 11.5 x 9 inches. [15 pages.] Very Good condition. ART/062817.
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