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W. Blacker's art of angling, and complete system of fly making and dying [sic] of colours

Author William Blacker
Title W. Blacker's art of angling, and complete system of fly making and dying [sic] of colours
Imprint [London: W. Blacker]
Date of Publication 1842
Language English
Notes This the first edition first issue of William Blacker's famous book on angling, printed in Edinburgh by Anderson and Bryce, with 38 pages. The author (1814-1857) was born in Wicklow in Ireland. He moved to London in the 1840s where he became a prominent fishing tackle dealer in Dean Street, Soho. Being an accomplished angler himself, his revolutionary methods made this book a key work in the history of fly fishing. A 48-page edition with 6 leaves of plates was also printed in London in the same year, followed by an expanded edition of 130 pages in 1843. The book was deliberately printed in a small pocket-size format so that it could be carried by anglers to the river bank. Surviving copies of the early editions are rarely identical, this particular copy for instance only has 2 plates. Blacker went on to publish in 1855 an expanded edition of the work, with the title 'Blacker's art of flymaking'.
Shelfmark RB.s.2898
Acquired on 23/05/14
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