First Edition of Halford's Dry-Fly Fishing in Theory and Practice
Dry-Fly Fishing in Theory and Practice.
Halford, Frederic M.$1,250.00
Item Number: 77002
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1889.
First edition of this classic angling work. Quarto, bound in original green cloth, gilt titles to the spine, 25 inserted lithographed plates, a few in color. In very good condition with light rubbing to the extremities. Housed in full custom calf clamshell box with marbled interior.
Dry-Fly Fishing in Theory and Practice is British author and angler Frederic M. Halford's second and most influential book on dry-fly fishing. It followed Floating Flies and How to Dress Them and this pair of books initiated some 40 years of a rigid, and sometimes dogmatic school, the Halfordian school, of dry-fly fishing, especially on English chalk streams. The work also played a significant role in the development of dry-fly fishing in America.
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London: Horace Cox, 1895.
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