SOUTHARD, Charles Zibeon. The Evolution of Trout and Trout Fishing in America. New York. E.P. Dutton & Co., 1928.
4to., original publisher's burgundy morocco. Spine lettered in gilt with gilt centre tools, upper board with gilt block of a trout, finsing ros and net. Portrait frontispiece, 2 maps and 9 colour plates. A little rubbing to exremities otherwise a very good copy.
First edition, no. 84 of 100 de luxe copies signed by the author. The book covers many topics related to trout fishing in New England, including the development of American fly fishing, brook versus brown trout, common fallacies, trout vision, fishing technique, and trout conservation. Southard "had the first fish camp built on the Kennebago ... kept very complete records of Kennebago Lake fishing, including sky and weather conditions" (Bruns). An important and beautifully illustrated work.