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Fishing & Angling

If you are passionate about fishing and angling, you should definitely look through the rare fishing and angling books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room. From famous first edition novels about fishing to obscure non-fiction books about specific fishing strategies and culture, there is plenty of diversity in the rare fishing and angling books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room. If you fancy yourself an angler or want to get the perfect gift for the fisherman in your family, be sure to look through the rare and antique books featured in the Biblio Rare Book Room.



A Book of Small Flies, by Rene Harrop, Poul Jorgensen, Eric Leiser,  John Merwin, S. A. Neff, Jr....

A Book of Small Flies, by Rene Harrop, Poul Jorgensen, Eric Leiser, John Merwin, S. A. Neff, Jr. , and Ernest Schwiebert. Frontispiece by Al Barker.

by Oelgart, Isaac (Editor & Designer)

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Westmoreland, New Hampshire
Item Price
$4,850.00

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Arlington VT: Isaac Oelgart. Fine. 1983. First Edition. Hardcover. Miniature; Miniature; Two volumes bound in full Hewitt niger, gilt tooled, with cloth covered slipcase. Volume I: 105, [1]p., colored frontispiece. Volume II: double shadow box containing eight miniature flies, two each tied by Schwiebert, Jorgensen, Harrop and Neff. Binding is 7.6 by 5.6 cm, pages are 7.3 by 5.6cm. **Related materiials include the 8vo prospectus with mounted title page and stitched in single-sided sheet containing "Contents" and page 7, one of 400 copies. Also a "thankyou" in the form of a colored etching initialed by the artist, with one page of text, same size as the book, and another etching, horizontal format, colored and initialed. All, other than the prospectus, being one of 60 numbered sets. **Bradbury p.167 #1. Hand O-47. .
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$4,850.00
THE HOUSE THE HARDY BROTHERS BUILT. Edited by Sean Barton
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THE HOUSE THE HARDY BROTHERS BUILT. Edited by Sean Barton

by HARDY. JAMES LEIGHTON

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
London, United Kingdom
Item Price
$281.45

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The Flyfisher's Classic Library. Devon. 1998. LIMITED EDITION. 8vo. (9.4 x 6.5 inches). One of 950 numbered copies. This copy is also Signed by the author, dated June 1999, underneath his portrait photo on the frontispiece. Illustrated throughout with engravings, photos and facsimiles of letters and the famous Hardy Catalogues. Small tear, without any loss, to the top margin of one page otherwise a fine copy in the original full black morocco binding with gilt ruling, lettering and decoration to the spine. The front board with three gilt fish to the centre. Marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt. Silk bookmark. Housed in a black cloth covered slip-case. Uncommon signed.
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$281.45
BRITISH FRESHWATER FISHES
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BRITISH FRESHWATER FISHES

by HOUGHTON THE REV. W.:

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  • first
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
BAKEWELL, Derbyshire
Item Price
$1,375.99

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LONDON, WILLIAM MACKENZIE, [1879]. FIRST EDITION, FOLIO, TWO VOLUMES, 41 COLOURED LITHOGRAPHED PLATES. EACH SPECIES DRAWN FROM NATURE BY A F LYDON, PLUS NUMEROUS ENGRAVINGS. TISSUES GUARDS, OCCASIONAL MARKS, PUBLISHER'S RED BRICK CLOTH, OVER BEVELLED EDGED BOARDS, RUBBED AND STAINED. THE BINDING IS WEAK AND SO SOME PLATES ARE LOOSE. CONTENTS VERY GOOD, AS ARE THE PLATES, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE ONE ON LAMPREYS, WHICH HAS A SMALL WATER STAIN. FISHES, PLATES
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$1,375.99
Tales of Fresh Water Fishing
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Tales of Fresh Water Fishing

by Grey, Zane

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  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Edition
Seller
Scottsdale, Arizona
Item Price
$1,125.00

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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1928. First Edition. Thick Quarto. Grey considers the fishes of the South Seas to be the fiercest in the world. He tells his stories of the tuna, sailfish, wahoo, and swordfish which would make any fisherman envious. Mr. Grey caught a 618-pound Silver Marlin, apparently a new species at the time and he tells of the fight of 1040 pound Striped Marlin and includes a photo of this incredibly huge fish along with 48 other photographs taken by the author. A fine bright copy bound in green cloth lettered in gilt, spine lettering gilt, pictorial endpapers, in unclipped pictorial dust jacket with wear along the top edges, a piece torn away at the head and small tear along the bottom of the front panel. Internally fresh without foxing, no names or plates.
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$1,125.00
Reading the Water:  Adventures in Surf Fishing on Martha's Vineyard

Reading the Water: Adventures in Surf Fishing on Martha's Vineyard

by Post, Robert

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Lower corners bumped, jacket has closed tear and ½”x ¼” chip missin
Edition
First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780871066725
ISBN 10
0871066726
Seller
Selkirk, New York
Item Price
$150.00

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Chester, CT: Globe Pequot Press. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Lower corners bumped, jacket has . closed tear and ½”x ¼” chip missing from top of rear panel.. 1988. First Printing. Hardcover. 0871066726 . Maroon cloth. xiv, 253 pages. Black and white photos, index. Stories of the fisherman and women undaunted by cold, exhaustion, or a line gone slack at the height of battle who prowl the beaches of Martha's Vineyard. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .
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$150.00
The Angler's Souvenir

The Angler's Souvenir

by P Fisher

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
RUTLAND, Vermont
Item Price
$275.00

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Illustrated by Beckwith and Tophamon. Tipped in plates with tissue gaurds. First edition work by Fisher, illustrated by Beckwith and Tophamon in tipped in plates protected throughout by tissue guards. A lovely and rare book bound in navy blue leather with marbled endpapers. Front hinge worn and repaired. Some wear to edges of leather binding. Clean pages. Library plate on inside of front cover belonging to Rosita de Texada
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$275.00
THE COMPLETE ANGLER OR THE CONTEMPLATIVE MAN'S RECREATION
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THE COMPLETE ANGLER OR THE CONTEMPLATIVE MAN'S RECREATION

by IZAAK WALTON; WITH INSTRUCTIONS ANGLING TROUT CHARLES COTTON; AMERICAN EDITOR GEO. W. BETHUNE, D.D.

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Very Good
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Item Price
$102.50

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NEW YORK: WARD, LOCK AND CO., 1891 GREAT PIECE OF HISTORY WITH WONDERFUL DETAIL IN APPENDIX, NOTES AND BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES. TWO VOLUMES IN ONE. THE MACAULAY LIBRARY OF GREAT WRITERS EDITION.
VERY NICE LOOKING LIGHT BROWN COVER, TEXTURED SPINE, BLACK PRINT FRONT AND SPINE. TIGHT WITH ARTWORK THROUGHOUT. A FEW NOTES IN PENCIL ON BACK BLANK PAGE.
Izaak Walton (c. 1593 – 15 December 1683) was an English writer. Best known as the author of The Compleat Angler, he also wrote a number of short biographies that have been collected under the title of Walton's Lives.
GREAT INFORMATION AND DETAIL.
FOR THE LOVER OF FISHING AND HISTORY.
ANTIQUE BOOKS DEN, WHERE INTERESTING BOOKS LIVE.



Izaak Walton (c. 1593 – 15 December 1683) was an English writer. Best known as the author of The Compleat Angler, he also wrote a number of short biographies that have been collected under the title of Walton's Lives.
Charles Cotton (28 April 1630 – 16 February 1687) was an English… Read More
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$102.50
Dickerson:  The Man and His Rods
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Dickerson: The Man and His Rods

by Stein, Gerald S. ; Schaff, James W.

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  • very good
  • Paperback
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Paperback Edition
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 13
9780962943935
ISBN 10
0962943932
Seller
Selkirk, New York
Item Price
$200.00

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Grand Junction, CO: Centennial Publications. Very Good. 1991. First Paperback Edition. Softcover. 0962943932 . Acknowledgements, credits, black and white photos and illustrations, selected references, and index. “For many decades L. L. Dickerson has been a major figure in the world of fine split bamboo rodmakers. Here, at last, fly fishermen and collectors, whether novice or advanced, can explore this brilliant man's life and his artistic rods. Meticulously researched and warmly presented, this book will be a guide and standard reference work for endless years to come, assuring accuracy, clarity and a whole new world of fascinating facts about this outstanding man and his beautiful rods. ” Foreword by Ernest Schwiebert. Signed and dated by both authors on the title page as well as warmly inscribed by Jim Schaff. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 112 pages .
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$200.00
Days and Nights of Salmon Fishing in the Tweed
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Days and Nights of Salmon Fishing in the Tweed

by William Scrope

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good-
Edition
1st
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Hudson, New Hampshire
Item Price
$850.00

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This is an early fishing book - "Days and Nights of Salmon Fishing in the (River) Tweed" by William Scrope, Esq. 1843 1st edition; John Murray; London. "With an Account of the Natural History and Habits of the Salmon, Instructions to Sportsmen, Anecdotes, etc." The book features 13 full-page lithographs (some with color) and 9 wood engraving, in-text "vignettes."From the Preface:"It will be seen that in the letter-press I have attempted little more than to give a correct and faithful account of the manner and spirit in which the sport of salmon fishing is carried on in various ways where the scene is laid, and to bring before the sportsman the characters of such people as he is likely to fall in with in his excursions."Here are a few examples of the contents:* Citizen Anglers* His Powers of Swimming and Leaping* Change of Colour in Fish* Seasons of Various Rivers* Encounter with a Duck* Childish Incident* Murderous Fish* A Ponderous Salmon* Cut and Drowned* New Construction of a Salmon Reel* The… Read More
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$850.00
Smith Of Wootton Major
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Smith Of Wootton Major: Illustrated by Pauline Baynes

by Tolkien, J. R.R.

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  • good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
Stated First Printing Thus
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Salem, Oregon
Item Price
$200.00

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TOLKIEN, J.R.R.: SMITH OF WOOTTON MAJOR: 1967 American First Edition, Stated First Printing. RARE THUS . EXLIB. Has library bookplate and some tape goo on it. Please see our photos. Good/Good Condition unclipped original dust jacket. Front flap price: $1.95. A clean, solid copy protected in a mylar wrap. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes.
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$200.00
Fantaisies Oceanographiques
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Fantaisies Oceanographiques

by RASKIN, E.H.

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  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Edition
Seller
Sydney, New South Wales
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$5,229.00

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Paris: F. Dumas, 1926. First Edition. PARISIAN POCHOIR PRINTMAKINGA rare and exotic album of vivid French art deco undersea fantasies. These skilfully printed pochoir designs are based on tropical corals, anemones, plankton and jellyfish, combined into enticing patterns for possible use in fabric and wallpaper designs. The designs are remarkable for their use of the stencil overlay process of pochoir printing to create atmosphere and depth of field, combining subdued background colouration with vivid aquamarines and turquoise highlighting to catch the eye and entrance the viewer. The portfolio was limited to 250 copies and is beautifully preserved in the original folding case with cloth ties and elegant lettering stencilled to the front board. Fantaisies Oceanographiques is a mysterious and alluring celebration of Parisian pochoir printmaking at its finest.This set is signed by the artist alongside a dedication by the publisher. Set of twenty-five pochoir plates and decorated title page measuring 375… Read More
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$5,229.00
The Story About Ping
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The Story About Ping

by Flack, Marjorie

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
True First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Salem, Oregon
Item Price
$2,200.00

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WE ARE HAPPY TO PRESENT: Flack, Marjorie. THE STORY ABOUT PING. TRUE FIRST EDITION 1933 VIKING PRESS. 3 lines of copyright information. HARDCOVER. BACK DJ FLAP INCLUDES JUNIOR VIKING COUPON. Matching blue floating duck back board and dust jacket panels do not bear weekly reader logo. PLEASE SEE OUR PHOTO OF DJ BACK PANEL. Unclipped Front DJ flap priced at $1.00 . ILLUSTRATED BY KURT WIESE. QUITE THE FIND. USED. VERY GOOD CONDITION/ GOOD CONDITION DJ. A CLEAN SOLID COPY. PLEASE SEE OUR PHOTOS. Summary " Ping was an adventurous duck who lived on a beautiful wise-eyed boat on the Yangtze River. He liked his life on the riverboat just and liked his large family and his kind master. He didn't like to be the last in line to board the boat at night, for that unlucky duck got a loud spank" . Will ship from Oregon.
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$2,200.00
The Way of the Woods:  A Manual for Sportsmen in Northeastern United  States and Canada

The Way of the Woods: A Manual for Sportsmen in Northeastern United States and Canada

by Breck, Edward

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good with no dust jacket; Boards rubbed, two pages with ink stains.
Edition
First US Edition; Fourth Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Selkirk, New York
Item Price
$100.00

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NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Very Good with no dust jacket; Boards rubbed, two pages with ink stains.. 1912. First US Edition; Fourth Printing. Hardcover. Handsome green illustrated cloth. xvii, 436 pages + 4 pages publisher ads. Black and white photos and illustrations, index. A lovely first printing copy of this sportsman's classic with information on outing preparations, women in the woods, cookery and provisions, canoes, fishing, woodcraft, firearms, moose hunting, caribou hunting, trapping, and photography. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall .
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$100.00
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

by Maclean, Norman

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
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  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Ridgewood, New York
Item Price
$2,000.00

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Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1976. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. Signed and inscribed second printing (in first edition jacket) of Maclean's collection of semi-autobiographical short fiction, a now-classic of Western literature and fly fishing, whose title novella formed the basis for the 1992 Robert Redford-directed film of the same name. Maclean's inscription, on the front endpaper, reads: "University of Chicago, / April 15, 1979. / To Bobby: / With deep affection and best wishes. / Norman". Although we can only guess at the identity of the inscribee--perhaps a former colleague at the University of Chicago, or a friend at the Press--Maclean's warm inscription and use of first name only suggests that the two were quite close. Octavo (5.75 x 8.75 in.); xiv, 217pp.; blue cloth boards, silver spine lettering. Second printing, as designated by number line and corrected ISBN on copyright page (but with the uncorrected misprinting of "always" as… Read More
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$2,000.00
Mayflies of the Driftless Region
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Mayflies of the Driftless Region

by Clarke Garry Gaylord Schanilec

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  • Hardcover
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  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
1st
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780978772406
ISBN 10
0978772407
Seller
Wytheville, Virginia
Item Price
$225.00

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This trade edition of Mayflies of the Driftless Region was printed at Midnight Paper Sales on Monadnock Dulcet paper, in an edition of 1,000 copies in the summer of 2006. The text was set by hand in Bembo Monotype and printed from the original metal type. The images were printed from the original hand-engraved end grain maple blocks.
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$225.00