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BAINBRIDGE, George C. The Fly Fisher's Guide, illustrated by Coloured Plates, Representing Upwards of Forty of the Most Useful Flies, Accurately Copied from Nature.
Liverpool. Printed for the Author by G.F. Harris' Widow and Brothers. 1816.
sm4to,25.3cm, The First Edition, Large Paper Issue, Limited to 12 Copies,viii,150,[4]pp., with 9 copper engraved plates (8 hand-coloured)including frontis, 2 text vignette illustrations, first and last text pages, on hand made watermark paper, in the original crushed half dark green morocco, raised blind ruled bands, gilt spine titles, pebbled green cloth boards, marbled endpapers, t.e.g., two engraved heraldic book plates, in fine condition, very rare.Author's Signed Presentation, "Alex Pringle Esquire M.P. of Whythank, . with the Author's best respects. June 14th, 1836". Pringle's bookplate on this front endpaper. Together with:Autograph Letter Signed; laid in, from the Author, same date, one sheet, folded to 28.6x 11.3cm, "I regret that the binder has made such a *bungling job in the management of the plates - To remedy this is not in my haven, as the copper plates are no longer in my possession, I trust therefore you will excuse their irregularity. ". Alexander Pringle, of Whyteband and Yair, was the Member of Parliament for Selkirkshire. and obviously an avid angler - A Fine Copy of a Rare and Important Work. Westwood & Satchell p20. A very scarce copy of the large paper edition, one of only 12 copies believed to exist. Heckscher 120. Starkman p61. One of the earliest books to include colour plates of tied flies. This is considered the precursor to Ronalds' Flyfisher's Entomology, 1836, and is only the second work, (after George Scotcher's Fly-fisher's Legacy,Chepstow, 1800) on angling to be illustrated with hand-coloured engravings of trout & salmon flies. According to Westwood & Satchell "Twelve copies of the first edition were in 4to., coloured with greater care, and published at two guineas."* the plates are placed high on the page, the strike line near or touching the top margin.


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