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Bates, J.D.
The Art of the Atlantic Salmon Fly
Swan Hill Press, Shrewsbury, 1987.
Quarto hardcover; blue boards with gilt spine titling; 230pp., colour plates and monochrome illustrations. A few faint spots on upper text block edge. Rubbed dustwrapper with small tear on upper front edge (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good. If the Atlantic Salmon can be called the king of game fish, then the marvellous concoction of fur and feathers that entices them must be recognised as the king of lures. In this lavishly illustrated book, the author, Colonel Joseph D. Bates, makes the first contemporary attempt to present a full account of the Atlantic Salmon fly.
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Coleman, Neville
Australian Sea Fishes - two volumes North of 30 degrees S. & South of 30 degrees S.
Doubleday Australia, Lane Cove, 1981 & 1983.
Two quarto hardcovers orange and red boards with silver gilt spine titling and map endpapers; 297 + 302pp., colour illustrations. Faint spotting to upper text block edge and sunned dustwrapper spines. Minor wear otherwise; near fine and wrappers now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Dance, S. Peter, & Geoffrey Swinney
Fish Classic Natural History Prints
Studio Editions, London, 1990.
Quarto hardcover, 128pp., colour illustrations. Minor wear only; text block edges lightly toned; laminate lifting on front spine edges of dustwrapper, top and bottom and slight wear to edges and corners. Very good and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The second of a series on Great Natural History Prints, this selection of rare plates illustrates the bewildering array of sizes, shapes and colours of fish and their astonishing beauty that caught the imagination of artists, explorers and scientists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These lavishly illustrated fish plates, which range from the Goldfish to the extraordinary Trunkfish are still important both for the scientific study of fish and as priceless collectors' items. Providing a kaleidoscopic view of the specialised, difficult and fascinating art of fish illustration, this volume includes a substantial selection of pictures from every important fish book published between 1719 and 1910 that contained colour plates.
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The Flyfishers Annual Volume Seven, 2002 Edition
Australian Fishing Network, South Croydon Vic., 2001.
Quarto hardcover, 96pp., colour illustrations. Inscription to owner. Slightly scuffed dark mauve illustrated boards, no dustwrapper. Minor wear only; very good.
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The Flyfishers Annual Volume Six
Australian Fishing Network, South Croydon Vic., 2000.
Quarto, hardcover, 96pp., colour illustrations. Inscription to owner. Slightly scuffed dark blue illustrated boards, no dustwrapper. Minor wear only; very good.
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Grey, Zane
An American Angler in Australia
Derrydale Press, Lanham, 2002.
Quarto; paperback; 115pp., with monochrome illustrations. Remainder. New. "In Zane Grey's mind, some of the greatest big-game fishing in the world was to be found in Australia. Heavily illustrated, An American Angler in Australia chronicles Grey's fishing exploits "down under" as he lands marlin weighing in at over four hundred pounds and even a record-setting tiger shark that tipped the scales at more than half a ton! Grey uses his unique storytelling ability to transport readers to another continent as he pursues some of the greatest fishing the world has ever known."
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Hughes, Robert (Andrew McLean, illus.)
A Jerk on One End Reflections of a Mediocre Fisherman
Harvill Press, London, 1999.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; 109pp., with monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Very good in like dustwrapper. "A jerk on one end of a line, waiting for a jerk on the other. Such is one of the classic folk definitions of fishing. It echoes Samuel Johnson's description of the sport as a stick and a string, with a worm on one end and a fool on the other," writes Robert Hughes. Combining memoir, literature, history, adventure, folklore and stunning descriptions of the deep 'A Jerk on One End' is a profound meditation on the beauty, the excitement and the peerless pleasure of fishing.
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Kaufmann, Randall (Mike Stidham, illus.)
Bonefishing with a Fly
Western Fisherman's Press, Portland OR, 1992.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, full faux leather with silver-gilt spine and upper board titling and decoration; 180pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear: faint spotting to text block edges; some offset to the preliminaries. Wear and chipping to the dustwrapper edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Bonefishing is as much a game of hunting and stalking as it is fishing. Once found, bonefish require a well-placed offering, which must be retrieved in an enticing and natural manner. When hooked, their attempts to escape are awesome. First-time and veteran anglers alike are always astonished at their speed and strength. Anglers who have yet to experience the hunting, stalking and electrifying pull of a hooked bonefish still have the best to look forward to.
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Monkman, Noel
Quest of the Curly-tailed Horses An Autobiography
Angus & Robertson, Sydney NSW, 1962.
Hardcover, octavo, 212pp., colour and monochrome plates. Foxing to endpapers and lightly toned and spotted text block edges; dustwrapper edges and corners worn, chipped and scraped. Otherwise very good and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This unusual autobiography of the first underwater film maker of the Great Barrier Reef, describes Noel Monkman's pilgrimage from early childhood towards his goal of which the sea-horse became the symbol. His early life was spent in a series of boarding houses as his father attempted to banish contact with his mother, after her unpardonable decision to continue with a music career instead of devoting herself to family life. In delightful early chapters, Monkman describes his escapes to swim and dive with the Maori boys of Moeraki by the sea and their capture of their first sea horses, which were kept with other sea creatures in an ocean pool that they built on the beach. And so, with a bedroom waterbottle as magnifying lens, he begins his career as naturalist and marine biologist. Many adventures and difficulties ensue as he works as a portrait photographer, building labourer and concert cellist, and actor before he can attain his goal. Eventually accompanied by his wife, Kitty, he explored the Great Barrier Reef in the 1930s, making the first ever underwater films of the world's biggest reef.
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Mort, Terry (ed.)
Zane Grey on Fishing
Lyons Press, Guilford, 2005.
Paperback, small quarto, 267pp. Remainder, new. How did Zane Grey think of himself - as a writer who fished or a fisherman who wrote? Hard to say. They were his twin passions and each supported the other. Not all of his books dealt with angling of course. Most were historical novels or Westerns and many were best sellers. His most famous novel, 'Riders of the Purple Sage', sold an astonishing one million copies when it came out in 1912. After struggling through the early years, suffering rejection from publishers, he finally achieved the commercial success that made his world famous and wealthy. That allowed him to go fishing . And go he did. Few if any anglers have logged so many miles and spent so much time at sea or alongside a stream. And being a writer, he wrote about what he did and what he saw and about the incredible varieties of fish he searched for and the wild or exotic places that lured him. For a man with his restless temperament and appetite for adventure, it would seem to be a perfect blending of vocation and avocation. And many believe that his books and articles on fishing are his best work, for his fiction is sometimes conventional and ornate, but his angling stories by comparison are fresh and unadorned. - Terry Mort (introduction).
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Munro, Ian S.R.
The Fishes of New Guinea
Dept. Agriculture, Stocks and Fisheries, Port Moresby New Guinea1967.
Large octavo cloth, 650pp., & 84 plates (6 colour), illustrations through the text. Price stamp on front endpaper, light spotting to text block edges; else fine in dustwrapper a little worn along edges and hinges with slight crumpling at head of spine. Dustwrappers now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. One of the few dedicated studies of the exotic fish of New Guinea. Munro's authoritative text covers all aspects of this spectacular body of fish, and ranges over the full gamut of species, from the sharks, sawfishes, catfish and eels, through to the ribbonfish, gobies and triggerfish. All aspects of their biology are treated, and colour plates are provided throughout the book.
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Ransome, Arthur
Rod and Line together with Aksakov on Fishing
Jonathan Cape Ltd., London, 1947.
Octavo; hardcover; 286pp. Mild wear; slightly cocked; a mild chip to the fore-edge of the upper board; some softening to the spine extremities; text block edges toned with some spotting and top edge dusted; offset to the endpapers; previous owner's ink inscription to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper well rubbed and sunned along the spine panel; a tear along the lower hinge; some chips from the upper ends of both flap-turns. Very good with wrapper now covered in archival film and white paper backing. Collection of articles by the famed author of the Swallows and Amazons series distinguished by the the same quality of vividness and truth. Ransome himself was a passionate fisherman ("and no one ever became a genuine angler in old age who was not one in youth"), and this is one of the best books on the pleasures of the sport: "it is true that the fisherman watches every kind of fish with ecstasy and a joyful throbbing of the heart".
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Roughley, T.C.
Fish and Fisheries of Australia
Angus & Robertson,Sydney, 1961.
Revised and enlarged edition. Quarto hardcover; green boards with gilt spine titling and map endpapers; xv + 343pp. with 60 colour plates and 21 plates in black and white. Minor wear; foxing to endpapers, prelims and title page with browning and mild spotting to text block edges. Tears and tape stains to lower rear panel of dustwrapper; tiny missing segments on extremities of spine panel and some tiny chips especially at corners. Good to very good with wrapper now protected in archival film and white paper backing.
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Scholes, David
Trout and Trouting Photography by Peter Whyte
Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, 1993.
Small quarto hardcover, 88pp., monochrome illustrations. A few bumps on board edges and corners, and light spotting to text block edges. Very good to near fine in like dustwrapper. Australia's veteran angler here discusses fly fishing technique, philosophy, a love of nature and anecdotal trout tales: everything from the anatomy and lifestyle of the trout to the beliefs of Izaac Walton.
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Sloane, Rob
Fly Fishing Fundamentals: An Introduction to Fly Fishing for Trout
Fly Life Publishing, Richmond, 1998.
Small quarto hardcover; illustrated boards with white upper board and spine titling; 142pp., monochrome illustrations. Owner's name stamp. Mild scuffing to cover. Very good to near fine. Excellent introduction to fly fishing from the editor of FlyLife magazine. Easy question and answer format, clear diagrams and photos. Covers tackle, casting, trout foods, flies, techniques, streams, lakes and etiquette.
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Steene, Roger C
Butterfly and Angelfishes of the World Volume 1: Australia
Reed, Sydney NSW, 1978.
Quarto hardcover, 144pp., colour illustrations. Minor edgewear and scuffing to dustwrapper. Near fine. Among the most beautiful of all reef fishes are the chaetodontids and pomacanthids, popularly known as the butterflyfishes and angelfishes, or sometimes collectively called coralfishes. These highly ornate animals are characterised by a flattened, disc-like body shape and frequently the snout is elongated, enabling them to retrieve food from places which are inaccessible to other species. the angelfishes possess a long spine on each cheek which distinguishes them from the closely related butterflyfishes. These are perhaps the most exotic of all reef dwellers. Each fish is described and illustrated in colour. A remarkably comprehensive guide with 86 species described.
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Stewart, Douglas (Margaret Coen, illus.)
The Seven Rivers A poet goes fishing
Imprint/CollinsAngus&Roberston Publishers Pty. Ltd., North Ryde NSW, 1990.
Octavo; paperback; 218pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; previous owner's name in ink to the first page obscured with a blank white sticker. Very good to near fine.
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Taverner, Eric, et al.
Salmon Fishing: Lonsdale Library Volume 10 with Three Hundred & Seven Illustrations
Seeley, Service & Co., London, 1958.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth boards with endpaper maps and gilt upper board decoration and spine-titling; 480pp. [i-viiipp.; 1-472pp.], top edge dyed grey, with a full-colour frontispiece and tissue guard, two colour plates, 65pp. of monochrome photographic plates, and many line drawings and illustrations. Slightly shaken; both joints starting but still strong; board corners lightly bumped; board top edges sunned and lightly stained; very faint scattered foxing to the preliminaries; text block edges toned and lightly spotted. Price-clipped dustwrapper with full-colour tipped-in illustrations, well-rubbed with mild chipping at the spine panel extremities and the flap-turns; sunned along the spine panel; now backed with archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. "A first rate encyclopedia of Salmon Fishing. A book of great value to all apprentices to the art and one that will provide material for unending argument among their masters." "Mr Taverner has risen triumphantly to the occasion and I am filled with admiration for his efforts. These chapters can be read and re-read with profit by even the most skilful and experienced angler." "A herculean task. A most valuable and timely addition to angling literature." "Every one of the the fraternity of salmon fishers will have to read this imposing book." (from the dustwrapper.)
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Taverner, Eric, G. Herbert Nall & Alban Bacon
Trout Fishing from All Angles: Lonsdale Library Volume 11 with a Chapter on Trout Scales & the Legal Aspect of Fishing; with Two Hundred & Fifty Illustrations
Seeley, Service & Co., London, 1950.
Octavo; quarter-bound in cloth boards with gilt upper board decoration and spine-title; 448pp., top edge dyed grey, with a monochrome photographic frontispiece, 49pp. of plates likewise, and many line drawings and illustrations. Very slightly rolled; mild offset and spotting to the preliminaries; bottom board corners lightly bumped; slight softening to the spine extremities; text block edges toned. Well-rubbed dustwrapper with tipped-in photographic illustrations chipped at spine panel head but with no loss to title; spine panel sunned and water stained; small chips to the flap turns; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. "Mr. Taverner's book, is a little likely to make the man who has been catching trout all his life wonder if he will ever catch another. The whole business as explained with this elaboration sounds beyond the range of Ordinary skill. Yet, as we know, trout - thank God ! - can be caught; and there are certain conditions when trout, though difficult to catch, are catchable, and Mr. Taverner helps you there. All his tips about casting so that only the "gut reaches the water", or casting across weeds, are well worth remembering. There is also a vast deal of entomology - hints on fly tying, consideration of what can be learned by studying a trout's scales, and, in short (or in long), all the relevant scientific discussion; to which is appended no less a novelty than a treatise on the law as bearing on angling. Mr. Bacon, who writes it, has one important thing to say: keep out of court at almost any cost, or you may end by finding your case in the House of Lords. Fishing titles have a delightful complexity. It would be hard to hope for anything more complete than this monumental work; and it must not be left without recognizing that Mr. Taverner knows intimately the literature of his subject, and, able to write with charm himself, feels the extraordinary charm that pervades what has been written on this fascinating theme. " - The Spectator.
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Tenison-Woods, Rev. J.E.
Fish and Fisheries of New South Wales
Thomas Richards Govt. Printer, Sydney NSW, 1882.
Royal octavo; hardcover, half-bound in morocco with marbled boards and endpapers, with gilt spine titles between five raised bands with gilt decorations ; 231pp. [2 Blank + 2pp. (title page and verso) + i-xipp. + 1 Blank + 1-213pp. + 3 Blank], marbled edges, with a monochrome photographic frontispiece ("An 'Old Man' Schnapper"), 45 plates likewise and one monochrome woodcut illustration. Moderate wear; boards and edges rubbed; some mild scuffing to the spine; some moisture damage to the flyleaf; mild scattered foxing to the preliminaries; previous owner's ink inscription to the first blank page; creasing to page 23. Very good. The Reverend Tenison-Woods wrote several books about New South Wales during his time there, specifically about the terrain and the possibilities for cultivation and agriculture. With this work, he cast his geographer's cap aside and took a more sporting view of the potential offered by the Australian environment. "Fish and Fisheries of New South Wales" is an overview of all the known species of fish, both coastal and riverine, to be found in the (then) new colony. Alongside their written taxonomical descriptions, each species is depicted by its own black-and-white photogravure plate. This copy of the work was previously owned by Sir Joseph Palmer Abbott, the distinguished Australian politician and solicitor.
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Ulrich, Heinz
Catching Freshwater Fish Made Easy
A.S. Barnes, New York NY, 1965.
Hardcover, octavo, 233pp., monochrome illustrations. Foxing to endpapers and preliminaries and spotting to text block edges; faint stamp of owner's name on upper page edges; rubbed white dustwrapper with occasional spotting; browning to edges and a few scrapes. Good to very good and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Useful, introductory book.
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