COUNTRYMAN

[ Angler and Flyfisherman, Austin Ridsdale of Mickley and Masham, Yorkshire; Manuscript. ] Autograph Notebook, filled with seasonal directions for making Wet Flies for Fishing (some invented by Ridsdale himself), with diagrams and illustrations.

Author: 
Austin Ridsdale [ Austin Cuthbert Ridsdale ] (d.1983) of Mickley and Aldburgh, Masham, near Ripon, Yorkshire, angler and fly-fisherman
Publication details: 
Contained in a 'Boots Home Diary and Ladies' Note Book' for 1931. [ 1930s to circa 1950s. ]
£500.00

Entries are written haphazardly at different times, on around 140pp. of a 12mo Boots 'Home Diary for 1931'. The volume is worn and shaken: a clear testimony to many years of field use. At the start the owner is named as 'Austin Ridsdale' of 'Mickley Ripon, Yorks'. This would appear to be an early address. A loosely-inserted envelope with a 1947 postmark is addressed to 'Mr & Mrs A Ridsdale | Aldburgh | Masham | Ripon'. The handwriting, workmanlike at best, varies from entry to entry. The volume constitutes a repository of a countryman's knowledge in the field of fly-fishing.

[ R. S. R. Fitter, naturalist and author. ] Typed Letter Signed ('R S R Fitter') to J. F. Barnacle

Author: 
R. S. R. Fitter [ Richard Sidney Richmond Fitter ] (1913-2005), naturalist and author
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'The Countryman', Editorial Office, Burford, Oxford. 21 April 1947.
£35.00

1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letterhead indicates that at the time of writing Fitter was one of the magazine's two assistant editors. He thanks him for his congratulations, but points out that he has 'actually been here for nearly a year now, but we did not move over here to Burford till the end of last month'. He hopes that '"Mayfair" is flourishing', and asks him to look in if he is ever passing that way again.

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