Title:Blacker's Art of Fly Making, &c., Comprising Anglng & Dyeing of Colours, With Engravings of Salmon & Trout Flies shewing the rocess of the gentle craft as taught in the pages. With descriptions of flies for the season of the year as they come out on the
BLACKER, [William]. Blacker's Art of Fly Making, &c., Comprising Anglng & Dyeing of Colours, With Engravings of Salmon & Trout Flies shewing the process of the gentle craft as taught in the pages. With descriptions of flies for the season of the year as they come out on the water. Rewritten & Revised by the author Blacker, himself. London : [William Blacker] Fishing Tackle Maker, 1855. Third Edition [early issue without the reviews]. Pp [i]-xi,(1),1-259,(1), frontispiece + engraved title page + 20 plates (mostly coloured). Each plate faces a corresponding blank leaf. 8vo, original green pressed cloth, gilt lettering to spine, new endpapers.
Westwood & Satchell, Bibliotheca Piscatoria p.33; Hand, A Bookman's Guide to Hunting, Shooting, Angling, and Related Subjects B337.
"William Blacker (the Irish man who operated a tackle shop as 54 Dean Street, Soho, London) was acknowledged as one of the best trout and salmon fly dressers of his day. His fly dressing methods are described and illustrated in his book the Art of Fly Making, which first appeared in 1842 and was reissued in 1843 and again in 1855." (Alec Jackson in the The American Fly Fisher, 1982).
Contents : Preface; The Art of Fly Making; An Easy Method to make the Trout Fly; An Easy Method of making a Plain Salmon Fly; To make the Trout Fly, in the best and most approved method; To make the Palmer, or Double-Hackle Fly; How to make the Salmon Fly, as shown in the Beautiful Plate of Engravings on Salmon Hooks; Process of making the Gaudy Salmon Fly; To make the Winged Larva; A Catechism of Fly-Making; The Trout Flies for the Season; Flies for March; Flies for April; Flies for May; Flies for June; Flies for July; Flies for August; Fishing Rods and Fly Fishing; Fly Fishing for Salmon; An Account of the Salmon, and its Varieties; The Salmon Fry; A Description of the Fifteen Salmon Flies Engraved in the Plates; Spring Flies; Salmon Rivers; The River Tweed; The River Shannon; The Lakes of Clare; The Lakes of Killarney; Lough Curran, Waterville; Connamara and Ballynahinch; Ballyna; Ballyshannon; The Rivers Bush and Bann; The River Bann; Lakes of Westmeath; The River Lee, at Cork; Salmon Rivers in Scotland; The River Tay; The Dee and Don; The River Spey; The Findhorn; Rivers and Lakes adjacent to Fort William, on the Caledonian Canal; Salmon Flies for Fort William, &c; Salmon Flies for the Ness; The River Shin; The River Thurso; The River Esk; Loch Leven; The River Allan; Loch Awe and River; The Rivers Irvine, Girvan, and Stincher, in Ayrshire; Rivers of Wales.—The Conway; The River Dovey; The River Tivey; The Wye, Monmouth; The River Severn; The Trent; Rivers of York and Derby; The Hodder; Rivers of Derby; The Rivers Wandle and Coin; Bait Fishing. The River Thames; Perch; Barbel; Pike; Roach; Dace; Carp; Chub; Gudgeons and Minnows; Baits; The Art of Dyeing Fishing Colours; To Dye Yellow; To Dye Brown; To Dye a Yellow-Brown; To Dye Blue; To Dye Red; To Dye Orange; To Dye Purple or Violet; To Dye Crimson; To Dye Scarlet; Crimson Red in Grain; To Dye Green Drake Feathers and Fur; To Dye Claret; Another way to Dye Claret; To Dye Black; To Dye Greens of various Shades; To Dye Lavender or Slate Dun, &c; Blues; A Silver Grey; A Coffee or Chesnut; To Dye Olives and a Mixture of Colours ; A Concise way of Dyeing Colours; The Materials necessary for Artificial Fly Making.
Rebound with original cloth and new endpapers, cloth rubbed, wear to spine and edges, light circular stain to front board, corners bumped, a few plates have light and tidy pencil captions by previous owner else very good with bright colours in the plates. 1,800.00