Rare Books

  • # 17094

    SCOTT, Ernest

    Historical memoir of the Melbourne Club

    Melbourne : The Specialty Press, 1936. Octavo, gilt decorated full crushed morocco (a little edge worn), pp. xii; 111, photographic illustrations. Edition limited to 650 numbered copies.

  • # 15608

    [Keith Winser]

    Australian fishing, boating and hunting guide

    Melbourne : Keith Winser, 1959. Ninth edition. Royal octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp 114. With articles on a wide variety of outdoor pursuits, illustrated with diagrams, drawings, and maps throughout.

  • # 15537


    A caution to anglers, or ‘The practical angler’ and ‘The modern practical angler’ compared

    Edinburgh : A & C Black, 1871. First edition. Octavo, paper wrappers, front wrapper loose and rear wrapper detached, paper loss on spine, mild foxing; pp iv – 56. Published in reaction to a very similarly titled angling guide by Harry Cholmondeley-Pennell. The two books, whilst sharing similarly worded titles, differed greatly in approach to angling. Pennell …

  • # 15539

    The quest of the trout

    Melbourne : Robertson & Mullens, 1935. Second edition. Octavo, illustrated stiff wrappers inscribed by author Evelyn Temple Emmett, date in ink on title page, pp 86.

  • # 15540

    [DENNYS, John]

    The secrets of angling: teaching the choicest tools, baits, and seasons, for the taking of any fish in pond or river

    Edinburgh : Privately printed, 1885. Three books in two volumes. Octavo, printed parchment wrappers (occasional rubbing, minor chipping to spine), uncut and mostly unopened, pp 44, 64. A private press edition limited to 350 copies, this being a copy of the 275 small paper examples. Initially this poem was attributed to John Davours; its author …

  • # 15552

    [Fly Fishers' Club]

    The Fly Fishers’ Club Annual Dinner : Monday, March the Ninth 1908

    London : [s.n], 1908. Octavo, stiff wrappers with photograph of Lord Montagu Norman, ribbon ties, marked along spine, [pp 12]. The programme for a sumptuous annual dinner for the Fly Fishers’ Club held at the Hotel Metropole. Includes menu and wine list, with vintages served such as 1900 Krug, 1898 Louis Roederer, and 1893 Bollinger.

  • # 15553

    “Hewitt” Trout Fishing Specialties

    New York : Marchbanks Press, [c.1900]. Octavo, paper wrappers, staple bound (some rust marks), [pp 7]. A trade catalogue for flies and other fishing equipment, with an article on Hewitt’s Trout Feed.

  • # 15524

    ADAM, [William]

    Dales, scenery, fishing streams, and mines of Derbyshire

    London : W Kent, 1861. Octavo, cloth boards with decorations in blind (minor sunning), pp [vi]-174. A charming and detailed guide to the Derbyshire region, with emphasis given to fishing and game sport, as well as a proposed railway in the area. Westwood and Satchell, p. 1.

  • # 15543

    MARTIN, Rev. James

    The angler’s guide : The most complete and practical ever written

    Containing every instruction necessary to make all who may feel disposed to try their skill masters of the art. With a minute description of tackle, baits, times, seasons, fish, and method of cooking them, and all the places for angling within twenty miles of London. The whole forming a compendious manual for every angler. To …

  • # 15549

    OGDEN, James

    Ogden on fly tying, etc.

    London : John T. Norman, 1879. First edition. Octavo, brown cloth, lettered in gilt, decorated in black and blind, remains of spine label on edge of both boards, bookseller stamp on title page, errata tipped in at title page, pp iv-90. Illustrated with two mounted albumen photographs, and 4 lithographic plates. ‘A successful Cheltenham tackle dealer, …

  • # 15554

    The Driffield angler, in two parts : containing descriptions of the different kinds of fresh water fish, and the best methods for taking them in rivers, lakes, and fish ponds

    With full directions for baits, and the manner of making artificial flies for every month in the season. To which are added instructions for shooting : with rules for breeding, breaking, and management of Pointers and Spaniels, and the choice of guns for game and wild fowl. With a description of the The Forest Blair, in …

  • # 15555

    Fly-fisher in Tasmania

    Melbourne : Melbourne University Press, 1961. First edition. Octavo, boards with pictorial dust jacket (some silverfishing), inscription of previous owner, and bookseller’s stamp on half title, pp ix-208, occasional pen annotations.

  • # 15472

    HEWITT, Edward R.

    Hewitt’s handbook of fly fishing

    New York : The Marchbanks Press, 1933. Octavo, pictorial cloth boards, previous owner’s inscription and label on front endpaper, his bookplate to first blank, pp 116. With sections on tackle, fly fishing techniques, types of waters, hooking, playing and landing trout; a very good copy.

  • # 15474

    Webster, H.T.; Zern, Ed

    To hell with fishing

    Or, how to tell a fish from fishermen. New York : Appleton-Century, 1945. First edition. Octavo, cloth boards with yellow lettering and fish motif, pp viii-88. A collection of H.T. Webster’s fishing cartoons with accompanying text by Ed Zern; a fine copy.

  • # 15520

    "The Amateur Angler" [pseud.]

    Fresh woods and pastures new

    London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1887. Octavo, green pictorial limp boards, pp x-136; a fine copy. Bushell, p.70.

  • # 15523

    Studies of an angler

    Melbourne : J.T. Picken, 1950. First edition. Octavo, brown cloth boards with dust jacket, pp xii-235; a fine copy. Chapters on angling books, on the effect of barometric pressure on trout, and on casting plastic bodies for artificial flies, and on many other aspects of flyfishing and aquatic entomology. Sir Lawrence James Wackett (1896-1982) was …

  • # 15583

    HALFORD, Frederic M.

    Floating flies and how to dress them : a treatise on the most modern methods of dressing artificial flies for trout and grayling

    London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1886. Second edition. Octavo, cloth covered boards with gilt lettering (lower fore-edge of upper board with small abrasion), hinges cracked, inscription of previous owner to front endpaper, pages uncut with some unopened, pp 136-25; illustrated with nine coloured plates and numerous in text illustrations; clean throughout. Halford’s …

  • # 15584

    RONALDS, Alfred

    The fly-fisher’s entomology

    Illustrated by coloured representations of the natural and artificial insect. And accompanied by a few observations and instructions relative to trout and grayling. London : Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1844. Third edition. Octavo, cloth boards with gilt lettering and decoration in blind (rubbed), pages uncut and some unopened, pp x-115-32; illustrated with twenty colour …

  • # 15598

    BROOKE, Major General Geoffrey

    The major goes fishing

    London : Seeley & Service, [c.1954]. Octavo, cloth boards in pictorial jacket; stitching starting to loosen; 31 pp; illustrated with seven line-drawings by R.P. Needham; a good copy.

  • # 15585

    HOWITT, S[amuel]

    Howitt’s angler’s manual; or concise lessons of experience

    Which the proficient in delightful recreation of angling will not despise, and the learner will find the advantage of practising; containing useful instruction on every approved method of angling, and particularly on the management of the hand and rod in each method; embellished with twelve plates, of fish, fishing, baits, and tackle. Liverpool : F.G. …

  • # 15600


    Walton and the earlier fishing writers

    London : Elliot Stock, 1903. “The Book-Lover’s Library series, popular edition”. Octavo, cloth backed papered boards (minor corner wear), front hinge split, pp xxviii-264; clean throughout. From the collection of Australian bibliophile Claude Prance, his collection label to front pastedown and pencil signature on endpaper.

  • # 15601

    DUNNE, J.W.

    Sunshine and the dry fly

    London : A & C. Black, 1924. Octavo, cloth boards lettered in black (rubbed), with 2 owners’ bookplates and one ownership label, and inscription on preliminaries; pp 136; scattered foxing. From the library of prominent angling bibliophile Jock Grey.

  • # 15603

    HENN, T.R.

    Practical fly-tying

    London : Adam and Charles Black, 1950. Octavo, cloth boards with dust jacket; pp 127; illustrated with three photographic plates and numerous line-drawings in the text; a very good copy. With practical tips, recipes and dressings.

  • # 15568

    BAILEY, William

    The angler’s instructor : a treatise on the best modes of angling in English rivers, lakes, ponds, and on habits of the fish

    London : Longmans, 1857. First edition. Octavo, cloth boards with decoration and lettering in gilt and blind (rubbed), front hinge split, lacking front free endpaper; pp viii-112; contents clean. An interesting publication on the Nottingham school of angling, which opted to cast directly from a wooden reel without a check with a ‘Derby twist’ silk …

  • # 15604

    SCOTT, Jock [pseud. D.G.F Rudd]

    At the sign of the split cane : some fishing “casts,” practical and otherwise

    London : Witherby, 1934. First edition. Royal octavo, cloth boards with illustrated dust jacket; pp 176, with ten illustrations; a fine copy.

  • # 15457

    BAILEY, William

    The angler’s instructor : a treatise on the best modes of angling in English rivers, lakes, and ponds, and on the habits of fish

    London : Longmans, [1879]. Third edition (revised). Octavo, green cloth pictorial boards decorated in black and lettered in gilt; pp vii-188; a fine copy. An interesting publication on the Nottingham school of angling, which opted to cast directly from a wooden reel without a check with a ‘Derby twist’ silk running line. The dominant Thames school …

  • # 15558

    JESSE, Edward (1780 – 1868)

    Scenes and tales from country life : with recollections of natural history.

    London : John Murray, 1844. First edition. Octavo, binding by J. Larkins in half calf over marbled boards, spine in compartments with gilt ornament and contrasting label lettered in gilt, previous owner’s bookplate to pastedown; pp vii-396; plates with mild foxing. Lowndes, p.1199.

  • # 15564

    [Anderdon, John Lavicount]

    The River Dove, with some quiet thoughts on the happy practice of angling

    London : William Pickering, 1847. Octavo, rebound in red cloth boards, pp iv-296; contents clean and sound. An earlier edition of twenty-five copies was printed for private circulation in 1845, undated, and without the printer’s name. Westwood and Satchell, p 1.

  • # 15570

    The angler and his friend; or piscatory colloquies and fishing excursions

    London : Longman, Brown Green, & Longmans, 1855. First edition. Octavo, full calf boards with ornately tooled borders in gilt and marbled paper onlays (rubbed), spine in compartments with gilt ornament and tan title label lettered in gilt, front hinge split, marbled endpapers and edges, lacking half title page, pp vii-306; with hand-coloured frontispiece, possibly supplied; …

  • # 15569

    HAMILTON, Capt. G. D.

    Trout-fishing and sport in Maoriland

    Wellington : The Government Printing Office, 1904. First edition. Octavo, cloth boards with gilt lettering, pp. xix-428; illustrated with 2 photographic frontispiece images, 20 photographic plates, 2 collotype plates, and 2 chromolithographed plates of trout flies; occasional very minor water staining to margins, otherwise in fine condition.  

  • # 15572

    BARKER, Thomas

    Barker’s delight : or the art of angling

    Wherein are discovered many rare secrets very necessary to be known by all that delight in that recreation, both for catching he fish, and dressing thereof.  London : Darling & Son for C.S.B., 1887. Facsimile of second edition. Octavo, parchment boards (rubbed), pages uncut, pp 40; a fine copy. Bushell p. 28, “limited to 100 …

  • # 15574

    STODDART, Thomas Tod

    The angler’s companion : a popular and practical handbook to the art of angling

    London : Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton & Kent, 1892. Royal octavo, later half leather over marbled paper boards, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering and fly motif; marbled endpapers, lithographed frontispiece, pp 207; a very good copy.

  • # 15575

    BLAKEY, Robert (ed.)

    The angler’s song book

    London : George Cox, 1855. First edition. Octavo, textured cloth boards, spine discoloured with remains of printed label, bookplate to pastedown, pp xvi-276; contents clean and sound. Westwood and Satchell, p. 34.

  • # 15579

    [BOAZ, Herman]

    The Angler’s Progress: A poem. Developing the pleasures the angler receives from the dawn of the propensity in infancy, till the period of his becoming a complete angler

    London : For J.H. Burn, 1820. Octavo, contemporary half morocco over marbled boards, titled in gilt on spine (some wear), marbled endpapers, pastedown with armorial bookplate of John-Longueville Bedingfield Esq. of Ditchingham Hall, Norfolk.; pp [12]; illustrated with twelve wood cuts; a fine copy. First illustrated edition, published in the same year as the unillustrated Newcastle …

  • # 15580

    SCHOLES, David

    The way of an angler : an appreciation of fly-fishing on many waters

    Brisbane : Jacaranda Press, 1963. First edition. Octavo, patterned boards with dust jacket (some silverfishing), pp 184; photographic plates; a good copy. Discussing fishing regions in Victoria, Tasmania and the Monaro district of New South Wales, as well as in the U.S. and U.K.

  • # 15582

    HALFORD, Frederic M.

    Dry-fly fishing in theory and practice

    London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1889. First edition. Quarto, cloth boards ruled and lettered in gilt with bevelled edges (rubbed), inscription of original owner (dated 1889) on half title, pages uncut, pp 289; illustrated with three hand-coloured plates of flies, two coloured chromolithograph plates (plate on p. 90 with 5cm tear), twenty-one …

  • # 15463

    MARCH, James

    The jolly angler; or water side companion.

    Containing an account of all the best places for angling, the means used to obtain permission, as well as an account for the different sorts of fish contained therein: the tackle, baits, & other requisites to form an expert angler: with correct description of tying hooks, making artificial flies, repairing tackle, &c. London : The author, [c.1830]. …

  • # 15464


    Trout fishing in New Zealand in wartime

    New York : G.P. Putnam’s, 1940. First edition. Numbered 189 of 250. Royal octavo, cloth backed papered boards lettered in gilt (rubbed), uncut, occasionally unopened; a presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front endpaper for Mr. Thomas Coyle; pp 180; illustrated with photographs of New Zealand by the author’s wife; a near fine …

  • # 15466

    [BOOSEY, Thomas]

    Piscatorial reminiscences and gleanings by an old angler and bibliopolist

    To which is added a catalogue of books on angling. London : William Pickering, 1835. First edition. Octavo, green pebbled cloth boards, spine with printed paper label; pp xvi-256, uncut; a few pencil annotations; a fine copy. The Reminiscences comprise a selection of ‘anecdotes on fish and fishing’ taken from books and newspapers. The appended catalogue draws heavily on …

  • # 15451

    Dr. Knox

    Fish and fishing in the lone glens of Scotland.

    With a history of the propagation, growth, and metamorphoses of the salmon. London : G. Routledge & Co., 1854. First edition. Octavo, rebound in (later?) nineteenth century green cloth with gilt lettering and paper title label pasted on spine, inscription of previous owner to verso of front endpaper, pp iv-144; lithographed illustrations; very clean throughout. …

  • # 15454

    The Amateur Angler [pseud. E Marsten]

    By meadow and stream : pleasant memories of pleasant places

    London : Sampson Low Marston, 1896. First edition. Octavo, pictorial green cloth boards (lightly rubbed), ink marks on lower board, pp xiv-134; illustrated with fifteen photographic plates; clean throughout. Bushell, p.70.

  • # 15455

    Clericus [pseud. Rev. William Cartwright]

    Facts and fancies of salmon fishing

    London : Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, 1874. First edition. Octavo, green cloth boards, upper board with decorative fly fishing lure in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, all edges stained red, author’s presentation inscription on title page; frontispiece and title page with small stains to fore-edge; pp 271; with 10 illustrations of angling scenes. Westwood and …

  • # 15456

    DAVY, Sir Humphry

    Salmonia : or days of fly fishing

    With some account of the habits of fishes belonging to the genus Salmo. London : John Murray, 1869. Fifth edition. Octavo, blue cloth boards (lightly rubbed), spine lettered in gilt, uncut and partially unopened, pp xvi-306; the final edition published, illustrated throughout, with some earlier woodcuts substituted for engravings; the prior edition was enlarged by Dr. John …

  • # 15458

    WELSBY, Thomas

    Schnappering and fishing in the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay waters.

    Also included: A wandering discourse on fishing generally. Brisbane : Outridge Printing Co., 1905. First edition. Octavo, pictorial cloth boards (lightly rubbed), hinges split, preliminary leaves (advertisements and frontispiece) loose; title page with presentation inscription from author to G.L. Goodman, dated July 1908; pp xii-820; illustrated throughout with photographic plates; folding map of Moreton Bay; …

  • # 15459

    KEENE, J. Harrington

    Fly-fishing and fly making for trout, bass, salmon, etc.

    With plates of the actual material for making flies of forty-eight varieties. New York : Forest and Steam Publishing Company, 1898. Third edition. Octavo, pictorial cloth boards with gilt roundel containing fly blocked in black, laid over a fishing rod with small fish, spine lettered in gilt, previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, pp. 159; …

  • # 15460

    SCHWIEBERT, Ernest


    New York : E.P. Dutton, 1978. Quarto, two volumes, cloth bound, spines lettered in gilt (sunned), housed in the original slipcase with pictorial onlay; first volume inscribed by author on half title; pp. xvi-878; 879-1745. With illustrations in colour and black and white by the author; a very good set. A comprehensive reference work, discussing …

  • # 15606


    The quest of the trout

    Melbourne : Robertson & Mullens, [c.1950]. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (small ink mark lower fore-edge of upper wrapper), pp 78. A reproduction of Blackwood’s seminal trout fishing book.

  • # 15461

    The Amateur Angler [pseud. E. Marsten]

    Days in clover

    London : Sampson Low, Marston, 1892. First edition. The large paper issue, limited to 250 copies, with this copy numbered 95 with initials of author. Octavo, vegetable parchment over boards (some chipping), lettered and decorated in black and red, pages uncut and partially unopened, pp viii-120; illustrated with six photographic plates; a near fine copy. …

  • # 15477

    "Jock Scott" [pseud. Donald G. Ferris Rudd]

    Fine and far off : salmon fishing methods in practice

    London : Seeley Service & Co., 1952. First edition. Octavo, green cloth boards, dust jacket with pictorial onlay (chipped), illustration on spine lacking, pp. 239; with colour plate frontispiece, and numerous text illustrations; contents clean and sound.

  • # 15470

    SCHOLES, David

    Fly fishing in Australia

    Melbourne : Macmillan, 1974. Royal octavo, navy boards with spine lettered in gilt, pictorial dust jacket (mild edge wear), pp 160; illustrated with black and white photographs throughout. David Scholes (1923-2005) was a keen fly-fisher, who served in the RAAF in World War II. His writing on fishing was widely published, and played an important role in …