London: Blacker, 1855. Second Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, original green embossed cloth, xiv, 259pp, fully illus. Moderate foxing, rubbing to cloth front board, contemporaneous ink owner's name title-page, owner's ink stamp front paste-down endpaper, hinges unobtrusively reinforced, original deep brown endpapers, very good Very good. Item #900057
Second and best edition, the previous edition published in 1842 and 1843 was only 48pp. This edition has been enlarged "Rewritten and Revised by the author Blacker, Himself, Fishing Tackle Maker." Engraved frontis. plates, engraved title-page, 20 engraved plates in text, 17 of which are hand-colored (complete). From the author’s preface to the 2nd Edition: …in the following treatise on Fly-making, I have entered into such full details in the construction of the Fly, that by adopting the process I have pointed out, and following the instructions I have given, the aspirants to the art of Fly-making may speedily become proficient…on every article in the whole range of fishing tackle I have made some improvement on rods, flies, lines, reels, and tackle of every sort…The list of flies I have given, will be found very valuable, and the tyro will take great delight in imitating these flies necessary for use…the result of which will be never-failing success….I have added to the art of fly-making full instructions, and the most approved receipts for dyeing mohair, pighair, feathers, and other materials most useful and appropriate for imitating the natural flies… On the Engravings of the flies…the fibre of each feather is shown in the plate, in the clearest and finest manner imaginable…I have also give the principal rivers of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, with the flies best adapted to each and the various sorts of fish, with the tackle and baits best adapted to catch them.