First Edition of A History of Fly Fishing For Trout; Inscribed by John Waller Hills
A History of Fly Fishing For Trout.
Hills, John Waller.
Item Number: 55035
London: Philip Allan & Company, 1921.
First edition, first state binding of this classic on fly fishing. Octavo, original olive green cloth with gilt titles and an angling device on the front panel. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Robinson with the author’s best wishes, and in memory of a delightful, if unprofitable visit to Canada John W. Hills 1927.” In near fine condition with light foxing to the page edges. Signed and inscribed first editions are rare.
A History of Fly Fishing for Trout is the first book to trace the history of fly fishing from its very beginning, with chapters on Early Sporting Literature, Early Fly Fishing in France, and identifying all the artificial flies mentioned by early writers. "It covers the period from the close of the fifteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, from the Treatyse to Andrew Lang. The story is very well told and must have involved considerable research. Generous in his appreciations, he can always be relied upon to give an unbiased judgement. The book sets a high standard and one can refer to him with confidence on moot points in angling literature on trout fishing" (Robb Notable Angling Literature).