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THE BOOK OF THE GRAYLING: Being a description of the fish and the art of angling for him, as practiced chiefly in the Midlands and the North of England, By T.E. Pritt. With three illustrations in chromo-lithography from original drawings by the author.
Goodall & Suddick. Leeds. - 1888 1st edition. Small 4to (160 x 248mm). Ppviii,64+ii pp ads. Illustrated with a folded coloured frontispiece of a grayling, and two other coloured chromo-lithographed plates (one of grayling flies, and one of floats and the dorsal fin of a grayling. Binding B: Maroon cloth with bevelled edges, gilt spine title, blind rules and a gilt quotation from Walton on upper board, patterned end-papers. Cloth and fore-edge badly stained throughout, chip from margin of front end-paper, title-page and rear board, rear end-paper adhered to paste-down. A working copy only of the first edition. The classic work on North Country grayling fishing. It is divided into two chapters: "All about Him" and "When, Where, and How to Catch Him." There are three colour plates : 1 fold out of a grayling, 1 of flies and 1 of floats and the dorsal fin of a grayling plus 2 pages of advertisements. The author "sketches lightly the habits and habitat of the fish as they were accepted fifty years ago, following with some capital pages on autumn fishing with the wet fly, and giving dressings of fifteen flies selected by well-known grayling fishers of his time. The rest of the slender volume is mostly occupied by excellent descriptive notes on the popular North Country form of grayling fishing known as 'swimming the worm.' Pritt wrought - and wrote - well as a pioneer, but he only touched the fringe of what has grown into a big subject, and he had not entirely shaken off the hackles of traditional fallacy." (W. Carter Platts. Grayling Fishing. 1939). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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