Thursday, May 25, 2017

Antiquarian Book News

PBA Galleries – June 1 – 11am

Sale 616: The Richard Beagle Collection of Angling & Sporting Books, Part I

Among the highlights:

Dean Sage, The Ristigouche and Is Salmon Fishing, 2 volumes, Edinburgh, 1888, the rarest and most beautiful book on salmon fishing, limited to 105 copies. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. 


+Salmon Fishing on Cain River, New Brunswick, by Lee Sturgis, 1919, fifty copies printed, but all save five destroyed by fire. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.

+Rare deluxe issue of Leonard West's The Natural Fly and Its Imitation, 1912, with 105 specimen flies bound in on sunken mounts. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.  

  • Dry Fly Entomology by Frederic M. Halford, 2 volumes, 1897, one of 100 copies of the Edition De Luxe with 100 actual specimens of tied flies. Estimate: $7,000-$10,000. 

  • A Book on Hackles for Fly Dressing by William Baigent, one of 40 to 80 copies, with 11 folders containing 164 hackle specimens. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. 

  • "Flees, and the Art a Artyfichall Flee Making," by W.H. Aldam, 1876, with 22 sunken mounts containing fly-making materials. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.

  • A Hunters Summer in Yukon Territory, by A.H. Bannon, 1911, a rare account of a hunting trip to northwest Canada, in the original printed wrappers. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. 

  • Adventures in Fishing, by "Three-six", i.e. Thomas M. Potter, founder of the "36" club, with much on the Catalina Fishing Club, signed by the author, quite rare. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.

  • The Salmon Flies of Major John Popkin Trahern, edited by Paul Schmookler, one of 28 Deluxe Edition copies, and one of only a few bound in full morocco, with an original fly tied by Schmookler. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. 
Each lot illustrated in the online version of the catalogue.
Bid directly from the site. Now available in the
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Over 300 lots of rare and important works on angling and fishing, plus scarce accounts of big game hunting and adventures in the wild, gathered over multiple decades. The collection includes numerous books containing original specimens of flies, rare limited editions, many signed and inscribed copies, and more, all in superb condition.

Bloomsbury Summer Ephemera, Book, & Postcard Fair

The Bloomsbury Summer Ephemera, Book, & Postcard Fair takes place this coming Sunday, 28th May, the first of Etc Fairs annual Summer Fairs. The fair is fully booked and has proved to be extremely popular. Expect a wide range of exhibitors displaying a wealth of material! We have dealers from the UK, Europe and further afield, doors open at 9.30 and close at 3pm.

The fair has a great reputation as a place to wander and find unusual items, from sought after books to vintage postcards, unusual photographs, maps and prints, as well as every type of ephemera imaginable! The summer fair is bigger, busier, better than usual! Items are available to suit every budget, so new collectors and seasoned collectors can find items from a few pounds upwards. Come along and treasure hunt!

All details including exhibitor list and travel details are available on our
website or phone Kim for further details: 01707 872140.

Forum Auctions - Modern Literature Online sale, Thursday 1st June
There are 95 lots on offer in Forum’s online only sale of Modern Literature, which is currently open for bidding and ends on Thursday 1st June.

A rebound copy of Karen Blixen’s classic Out of Africa, 1937 is estimated at a modest £200-300 and the following lot, Ray Bradbury’s dystopian magnum opus Fahrenheit 451, this copy being the first English edition of 1954, is estimated at £150-200. There are many lots of multiple works by an author, such as John Buchan, Karel Capek, Len Deighton, Lawrence Durrell, Dick Francis, William Golding, Nadine Gordimer, Robert Graves, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Franz Kafka, Philip Larkin, John Le Carre, Hugh MacDiarmid, Somerset Maugham, Ian McEwan, George Orwell, Ian Rankin, Siegfried Sassoon, Tom Sharpe, Alexander McCall Smith, Robert Louis Stevenson and Evelyn Waugh. There are also 15 lots by or relating to Vorticist writer and artist Wyndham Lewis, headed by the exceedingly rare brochure for the trendy bohemian London nightclub, the Cave of the Golden Calf, titled simply Cabaret Club, to which Lewis contributed the illustrations and decorations. This is one of Lewis’ earliest appearances in print and is estimated to fetch £1000-1500.

The full sale is on view at Forum’s premises in Queenstown Road, Battersea from Friday 26th May. For further details or to view the catalogue, please visit

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