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Antique Halford Dry Fly Fishing Signed/Numbered 1st Edition 1889

$6,495.00

Offered for sale is the SIGNED AND NUMBERED FIRST EDITION of the FREDERICK H. HALFORD book; "DRY-FLY FISHING ~ In Theory and Practice", signed by the author and numbered No. 79. The signature page reads: "This Imperial 8vo Edition de Luxe, with Mounted Plates and Test Illustrations on India Paper, is limited to 100 copies, of which this is No. 79 (SIGNED) Frederick M. Halford."

Frederic M. Halford: Dry Fly Entomology: A Brief Description of Leading Types of Natural Insects Serving as Food for Trout & Grayling with the 100 Best Patterns of Floating Flies and the Various Methods of Dressing Them Frederic M. Halford: Dry Fly Entomology: A Brief Description of Leading Types of Natural Insects Serving as Food for Trout & Grayling with the 100 Best Patterns of Floating Flies and the Various Methods of Dressing Them.

This hardbound/hardback edition is olive green cloth lettered and ruled gilt is trimmed in gold leaf and measures 8" x 11". It was published by SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, SEARLE & RIVINGTON, LONDON.

The book has 25 tissue guarded plates, 3 of which are coloured, and is 289 pp, and is in very good condition.

On the page following the title page reads; "To GEORGE SELWYN MARRYAT...Your greatful Pupil! FREDERICK M. HALFORD, 35 inverness terrace, November 1888"

This publication belongs in a museum!

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Dry Fly Entomology: A brief description of leading types of natural insects- with the 100 best patterns of floating flies and the various methods of dressing them- Frederic M. Halford. Vinton & Co., London. Edition de Luxe published in 1897, no. 79 of 100 limited copies. Signed and numbered by the author on title page. Gilt top edge. 10 exquisite hand colored engraved plates of 100 dry flies with tissue guards, 18 b&w wood engravings of natural insects with tissue guards, and numerous b&w illustrations throughout the text. Frederic Michael Halford (1844-1914), angler and author, recognized as "The father of modern dry fly fishing", "The historian of the dry fly", and "The high priest of the dry fly". Halford devoted most of his life researching, writing, and fly-fishing the dry fly. He wrote seven books on the subject including Dry Fly Fishing in Theory and Practice, Modern Development of the Dry Fly, and his tour de force, Dry Fly Entomology. "Halford codified the sum of fly-fishing knowledge before his time into a rational philosophy, and with the help of brilliant fishermen like (H.S.)Hall and (G.S.)Marryat, his work identified the principal hatches of southern England; books like Floating Flies and How to Dress Them and Dry-Fly Entomology are classics of angling literature." -Arnold Gingrich, The Fishing in Print, 1974. This deluxe edition, with only 100 copies published, is among the rarest of all fly fishing literature. The writing has been recognized as Halford's finest and placed him at the pinnacle of angling history. The printing and engravings are absolutely superb.

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