MAXWELL, Sir Herbert. Salmon and Sea Trout. Lawrence and Bullen Ltd. 1898.
8vo. Original green cloth, gilt lettering to spine; pp. xii + 272 + [4, ads], 4 colour plates, numerous other illustrations ; gift inscription to ffep, very good.
First edition, no. 101 of 130 large paper copies numbered by hand. A guide to salmon fishing from Sir Herbert, who had a reputation not only for being an expert on the basics of the craft but also a witty writer, which comes across in his many anecdotes. His chapters on fly-tying and dressing are the most engaging, perhaps because that was the author's main field of interest. He even suggests a few novel flies of his own before coming to the sad (and yet somewhat comical) conclusion that the salmon had managed to outsmart most of them.