OF EXTREME RARITY - GAME FISHING IN THE SUDAN.
HURCOMB, Fred. Angling in The Sudan: Notes Based on The Writings and Experiences of Well-Known Sudan Anglers. Khartoum: McCorquodale & Co. (Sudan), Ltd., [c. 1952].
Tall 8vo. Original green cloth, titled in black on spine, contained in a specially-constructed black cloth box, titled in gilt on 2 crimson calf panels to spine and upper cover; pp. 83, with a bipartite photographic frontispiece, contrasting the "Colonial" and "Native" way of casting ("Two White Nile Studies"), a series of "identification plates", comprising 40 individual images of Fish Species on 11 leaves, either in line-drawings or photographic images, and 24 other photographic plates and illustrations; slight overall speckling to covers, but internally very clean, this is an extremely rare survival of a "colonial imprint", and a fragile book on a fascinating subject.
First and (?) only edition. Presentation copy, inscribed on title: "With Best Wishes - but remember: "Fish must swim thrice - / Once in the water/ A Second Time in The Sauce / And a Third Time in Wine in the Stomach.." Preface: "In a country so vast as The Sudan, approximately one million square miles, with its enormous lakes and rivers, it would be too much of a task for one person to write authoritatively on fishing to cover the whole country. There have been several ardent anglers who have found time to write as well as fish … Boulenger's "The Fishes of The Nile" has been the happy hunting ground for illustrations of Nile Fish. Fowler's sketches from his article "The Fishes of The Red Sea" in "The Sudan Notes and Records" have been lifted to provide help for the Red Sea Notes. In fact, a lot of "Self Help" has been put into this work and I can only hope that the poaching has been justified … "