MAXWELL, Sir Herbert and R.P. PAGE [editors]. Chronicles of the Houghton Fishing Club 1822-1908 with Further Chronicles of the Houghtn Fishing Club 1908-1931. Edward Arnold/McCorquodale & Co., Ltd. 1908/1932.
4to. 2 vols. Green cloth, vol 1 with cream gilt lettering piece to spine, vol 2 with cream gilt lettering piece to top left corner of front board; pp. xii + 266, frontispiece, 40 plates; [iv] + 89, frontispiece, 10 plates; previous owner's bookplate to ffep of vol 1, a little bumping to extremities, very good.
First editions, vol 1 being no. 66 of limited edition of 350. These two volumes, published 24 years apart but in uniform style, tell the early history of Britain's most exclusive fishing club. It has exclusive fishing rights on 13 miles of the River test in Hampshire and has an elected membership of only 25. This beautifully produced brace of books is as close as most of us will ever get to the inner sanctum. Both volumes scarce.