"The Angler must entice, not command his reward": Signed Limited First Edition of A History of Fly Fishing For Trout
A History of Fly Fishing For Trout.
Hills, John Waller.
Item Number: 88063
London: Philip Allan & Company, 1921.
Signed limited first edition of the first book to document the history of fly fishing. Octavo, original publisher’s buckram spine over pale blue boards, gilt titles to the spine, printed on fine paper. One of only fifty numbered copies signed by John Waller Hills, this is number 26. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. Rare and desirable.
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).