Author: Dawson, George
Title: Pleasures of Angling with Rod and Reel for Trout and Salmon
Place Published: New York
Publisher:Sheldon & Company
Date Published: 1876
xiv, , 264 pp. Illustrated with 4 wood-engraved plates with tissue-guards, including frontispiece; plus several wood-engraved vignettes. 18.5x12.5 cm (7¼x4¾"), original gilt-decorated terra-cotta cloth with front cover design of fish, basket and rod next to a canoe, spine design of an angler catching a fish, lettered in gilt. First Edition.
"This was the first book dedicated to fly fishing in America. The author wrote for the Albany Evening Journal. Scarce" - Bruns D 38; Westwood & Satchell p.77; Heckscher 606. Accompanied by an autograph letter signed by the author, two pages, presenting the book to Charles Reynolds, editor of Field & Stream, dated September 11, 1882: "Please accept the copy of "Pleasures of Angling" I send you by mail... I shall fill up some of my leisure time the coming autumn and winter, in writing on outdoor themes... The F. & S. deserves all the pleasant things that have been said of it..." Later address label of Earl Rosecrans, San Pedro, Cal., affixed to front flyleaf.