“ONE OF THE GREAT BOOKS ON SALMON FISHING”: FINE FACSIMILE OF SAGE’S LEGENDARY 1888 RARITY, RISTIGOUCHE
SAGE, Dean. The Ristigouche and Its Salmon Fishing. With a Chapter on Angling Literature. Goshen, CT: The Angler's and Shooter's Press, 1973. Folio (10 by 13 inches), original maroon polished calf salmon and osprey stamped in gilt on front cover, marbled endpapers, uncut. Housed in custom cloth slipcase. $1800.
Fine facsimile edition of Dean Sage’s renowned and beautifully illustrated history of the Restigouche River, of which only 105 copies were produced in 1888. In addition to reproducing all of the original text and illustrations, this facsimile includes an additional hand-colored frontispiece entitled “Dean Sage’s Favorite Flies” by Charles DeFeo (signed by him), an additional color plate after watercolor by Ogden M. Pleissner (signed by him), and several additional black-and-white plates. Copy number 152 of only 250 produced.
"One of the great books on Salmon fishing" (Gee, 100). The Restigouche River (known as Ristigouche in French) is known as one of the best salmon-fishing rivers in the world. It forms the dividing line between New Brunswick and Quebec and flows into Chaleur Bay. In this work American fishing enthusiast Dean Sage (1841-1902) summarizes the geography and history of the Restigouche area before dealing with the habits of the salmon and the history of local fishing clubs. Illustrated with aquatint title page partly printed in red and aquatint frontispiece after G. Reid by Annan and Swan, 16 etched plates after and by Stephen Parrish (father of Maxfield Parrish), Mrs. A. L. Merritt, C. A. Platt, H. Sandham and others, along with 63 etched, engraved and wood-engraved headpieces, tailpieces, initials, vignettes and other ornaments, and double-page lithographed map, all finely reproduced in this facsimile. In addition to the signed color plates, this facsimile adds an Introduction by Arnold Gingrich and "A Notice of Dean Sage" by Dewitt Sage. Bookplate.