“WHILE IT SEEMS SO EFFERVESCENT AND SPARKLY, IT’S NOT ALL SUPERFICIAL”: SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF SCROPE’S CLASSIC DAYS AND NIGHTS OF SALMON FISHING, HANDSOMELY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED
(FLY FISHING) SCROPE, William. Days And Nights of Salmon Fishing in The Tweed; With a Short Account of the Natural History and Habits of the Salmon, Instructions To Sportsmen, Anecdotes, Etc. London: John Murray, 1843. Octavo, late 19th-century full red crushed levant morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, all edges gilt.
First edition, illustrated with 13 tinted lithographic plates, including vignette title page, frontispiece, and three vibrantly hand-colored plates of fish and flies, beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt by Riviere & Son.
“Next to Walton himself, there’s no more engagingly discursive and allusive angling writer in the language. For the feel of fishing, the sense of it, I almost said the taste of it, I know of no other to place beside him. Put me ashore on the desert island and along with The Compleat Angler I’ll beg for only one other book and that’s Days and Nights of Salmon Fishing in the Tweed… The big point to bear in mind about Scrope is that while it seems so effervescent and sparkly, it’s not all superficial… Scrope did at least as much for salmon fishing as Cotton before him had done for trout” (Gingrich, The Fishing In Print, 117, 130). Also with nine in-text wood engravings. Sage, 183. Westwood and Satchell, 191.
Interior clean, coloring vivid. Joints expertly reinforced, full morocco-gilt binding sound and quite lovely.