Albany, NY: State of New York, 1907. Hardcover. First Edition. 418 pp., 4to. 26 full-color, plates. Front cover and spine have fairly bright, blind-stamped gilt lettering and rules. Spine ends and corners are bumped, rubbed and worn. Edges are soiled and foxed. Floral eps. Small, rubber stamped(?) block, in blue ink, on fly leaf reads, "Compliments of William M. Bennett, Member of Assembly." Text, consisting of reports from various Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners, is enlivened by over 100 detailed, b/w, many full-page, illustrations by Hy S. Watson. These illustrations would seem more suited to a work of fiction, or a hunting and fishing periodical of the day, than to this publication. They almost appear to tell a story. There is a very minor water stain...
Hunting and Fishing
New York: Outing Publishing Company, 1916. Hard Cover. First Edition. 694 pp. Color, b/w ills. Vol. LXVII. Olive green boards stamped with title, center front vignette of boat on the seas, and ruled in lighter green. Similar design on spine, with gilt date and Vol. #. All edges are rubbed. Wallpaper print eps have a 1921 bookplate on fpd. Binding is tight. Contents clean. There are a few instances where pages show the strain of being bound into a volume this thick. Each issue has a full-color cover and a color ad on back cover. Contents include fiction, some poetry, and (predominantly) "special articles" on travel, sports, adventure, nature and the outdoors, fishing, boats and autos. There is wonderful period advertising, a monthly classified advertising...
London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1859. Hard Cover. As. Blue cloth covered boards with blind embossed decorative elemens on cover boards, gold titling to spine. Spine also have an intricate illustration of the head of a caribou at the head of the spine with oars crossed through the horns, a fur trader struggling through the snow at the foot. Wear to boards, minor losses at edges from shelf wear. First free endpaper loosed with previous owner's name in ink, extensive foxing throughout which is the case with this edition. Good.
New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1860. Hardcover. First Edition. 273 pp. B/w frontis portrait. Textured covers are blindstamped w/rules and center medallions front and back. Gilt on spine is sunned and obscured. Covers are vaguely green, somewhat soiled, unworn except at spine heel, and have lightly bumped corners. Spine sunned. Bright yellow eps have p.o. in ink on ffep, two other names doodled on rear free ep. There are damp marks on both front and back fly leaves. Frontis portrait is sunned, as is its tissue protector. Intermittent foxing throughout the rest of the book, binding tight.
Porter founded the "Spirit of the Times," a sporting periodical, and edited it for almost 20 years. He also edited or reported in other horse racing periodicals...
Clark, Roland. New York: The Derrydale Press, 1937. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. 125 pp. 4to. Brown leather spine with matching board corners, marble paper insets to covers with matching endpapers. Five raised bands to spine with gold titling, black leather title patches, and a duck in flight in three compartments, fourth compartment contains two gold embossed guns and hunting satchel. A stunning binding with just the slightest hint of rubbing at the edges. Previous owner's tasteful hunting themed bookplate affixed to front pastedown. Top edge gilt. Some pages uncut.
One of 50 Deluxe copies signed by the author and artist, this being copy #41. A stunning work, this piece includes 20 total plates, 5 in color, 14 in black and white, original etching at...
West Hartford, VT: The Countryman Press, 1945. Quarter Leather. First Edition. 101 pp. Black leather spine with three raised bands, red cloth covered boards, light creasing to leather at hinge, front and rear. Illustrated with 7 color plates as well as black and white illustrations throughout text. Black paper covered slipcase, slightly scuffed, with color Roland Clark illustration on the front cover.
Produced in an edition of 150 copies, this is copy 23. Signed by author/illustator on colophon as well as on fontispiece etching. Fine.
London: The Cresset Press Limited, 1928. Hard Cover. First Edition. A facsimile of Cox's treatise, originally published in 1674. Rubbing and wear to covers, bumping to corners and spine. A recent plastic cover was wrapped around boards, ghostiing from tape on mylar has trasnferred to pastedowns. Fold out broadside of hunting notes for the hunter's horn and the type of animal sighted or killed bound in opposite title page with small tear mid-fold. Clean within. Limited to 650 copies, numbers I-L were bound in limp vellum, this is copy #492 of the 600 copies that were hardbound with a faux vellum backstrip. Very Good.
Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1905. Hard Cover. First Edition. 541 pp. Black cloth covere boards with blind embossed designs to boards, faded gold titling to spine. Previous owner's bookplate on first free endpapers, clean within. One entire section on the seaweed industries of Japan. 12 color plates that are sharp and crisp depicting turtles, jellyfish, etc. Wonderful reference. Very Good.
New York: The MacMillan Company, 1927. Hard Cover. First Edition. Second Printing, 1932. 173 pp. Subtitle: "Including chapters on shooting, accessories and competitions." Attractive cover has silhouettes of trees, birds, and fish in black and black lettering on both front and spine. Pink dj in protective jacket has blue lettering and bow & arrow design. Dj spine is sunned, a couple of minor chips including at the top and bottom of spine. A large bookplate on ffep is the only only flaw to the interior. Very Good / Very Good.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1924. Hard Cover. First Edition. First Printing. 323 pp. Blue cloth covered boards with light wear and scuffing from age. Small red spots on rear cover board, original paper label pasted to spine has yellowed slightly with age. Clean and crisp within. Very Good.
New York: Kennedy Brothers, Inc., 1937. Hardcover. First Edition. 284 pp. B/w photo ills. Royal blue covers have a sailfish being hooked on front in gilt. Gilt lettering on spine jut a bit sunned. Spine ends creased. Sea green endpapers illustrated with swimming fish. Color frontis of a great blue marlin. Intro by Ernest Hemingway. Inscribed on half-title by author. Inside clean and tight. This book may have gone to sea; there is a damp stain on the last 50 pages' lower margin. No incursion into text. Author and illustrator are well-known sportsmen. Very Good.
Portland, OR: Frank Amato Publications, 1985. Hard Cover. First Edition. 118 pp. Light wear and scuffing to dust jacket, small tears at head and foot of spine, now in mylar cover. Lengthy inscription by Les Johnson on first free endpaper, in exquisite printing, to a Martin spoting goods employee thanking them for the use of their reels, especially the Martin MG Series.
Signed by Author. Fine / Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1862. Hard Cover. First American. Second Printing, 1870. Rust cloth covered boards with a gold embossed illustration of a rhinoceros on the front cover board, bumping to corners; gold embossing to spine, spine cloth color has faded slightly from sunning, light fraying to clot at head and foot. Dark brown endpapers, foxing to title page, light foxing throughout, missing illustrated frontispiece illustration. Very Good.
Lyon, MS: The Derrydale Press, 1990. Full Leather. As. First Derrydale Edition. Clean, crisp copy in red cloth boards with a gold embossed illustration of a man shooting on the front board. Gilded edges. One of 2,500 copies produced. In its original red cloth slipcase which is in fine condition. Fine.
Philadelphia, PA: The Penn Publishing Company, 1939. Hard Cover. First Edition. Tan buckram covered boards with evidence of soiling and sunning. Brown embossed designs titling to the front cover and spine. Gift inscription in ink on first free end paper, dated 10/25/39. Pastedowns are decorated with a duck scene by Lynee Bgue Hunt. Rear pastedown has split at gutter, but mull is still intact and holding text block to cover boards. Good.
Cincinnati, OH: Robert Clarke & Co., 1889. Hard Cover. First Edition. 463, 204 pp. 8vo. Green cloth publisher's binding with bright gilt fish center front, gilt lettering and rod design on spine. Each has decorative black bands at upper and lower edges of front. Between two upper bands on Vol. 1: "Inch for inch, and pound for pound, the gamest fish that swims." On Vol. 2: "The best game fish of America." Vol. 1 light stains on the front, corners slightly bumped. Edgewear to extremities, with erosion beginning at spine ends. Vol. 2 is cleaner, brighter, with only touches of wear at corners and spine ends. endpapers are bright green design on white. Frontispiece black & white photographic portrait of author in each volume.