Kelson, George M.
The Salmon Fly: How to Dress It and How to Use It.
Seller ID: 974
London: for the Author by Wyman & Sons, 1895. First edition (xiv, 510, xlv adverts). Quarto in wine coloured cloth with fancy gilt decorations and titles, t.e.g. Skilfully rebacked. Portrait of Kelson (1835- 1920) on pastedown, signed post card from Kelson, bookplate of George A. Brakeley (financier), various clippings and notices laid down or tipped in. Frontis portrait of Kelson, eight fine coloured plates illustrating various salmon fly patterns, many additional illustrations in text, descriptions of hundreds of salmon flies, forty or so pages of adverts of fishing gear, tackle, and clothing. Light, scattered foxing generally not affecting the plates. The centre-piece of any fly-fishing or salmon-fishing collection by an extraordinary character, said to have caught at least 3,000 salmon during his career (while wearing a bowler hat). See Andrew Herd (www.flyfishinghistory.com) for a biographical sketch and Westwood 248. Very nice indeed.
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