FLY

[ 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.

[ The Fly Fishers Club, London. ] Three documents relating to a change in trustees, addressed to the Club's bankers Messrs Coutts & Co. With signatures of William Senior, editor of the Field, Robert Bright Marston and others.

Author: 
The Fly Fishers Club, London, founded 1884 [ William Senior (1837-1920), editor of the Field; Robert Bright Marston (1853-1927); Maj.-Gen. Sir Desmond Dykes Tynte O'Callaghan ]
Publication details: 
Two typed documents from the Fly Fishers Club, 36 Piccadilly, London. Both 14 November 1912. Manuscript document on letterhead of the Fishing Gazette, London. 15 November 1912.
£150.00

The first two items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The third in fair condition, aged and worn. ONE: Typed Letter Signed (over a penny tax stamp) by 'W Senior' and 'R B Marston', announcing their resignation as trustees, to be replaced by Walter Durfee Coggeshall, William Milner Ratcliff, and John Assheton Rennie'. 1p., 4to. Manuscript postscript. With a 'certified copy of the resolution of the General Meeting of Members by which the above appointments were made'. 1p., 4to. Signed by Major-General Desmond O'Callaghan and the secretary.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Terlizzick') from William Morris Terlizzick, Devonport hairdresser and fishing tackle maker, inviting 'Captn. Devon' to try out his 'good made peal [sic] Flys and firm Tied ones'. With one of the flies, on a gut line.

Author: 
William Morris Terlizzick (b.1817), hairdresser and fishing tackle maker, Devonport and Plymouth [Victorian angling; fly fishing]
William Morris Terlizzick (b.1817), hairdresser and fishing tackle maker
Publication details: 
9 July 1862; 'Golden Perch | Devonport'.
£125.00
William Morris Terlizzick (b.1817), hairdresser and fishing tackle maker

12mo, 1 p. On bifolium. Thirteen lines of text. Clear and complete. Fair, on aged and creased paper, with slight rust marking from hooks. Semi-literate, and redolent of the area and period. He asks Devon (not Captain Thomas Barker Devon, RN, who had died in 1846) to 'pardon the Liberty I have taken in writen [sic]' to him. He knows 'the Great difficulty that Gentlemen have in Getting good made peal [sic] Flys and firm Tied ones', and is enclosing 'a few of my Own Making & you will Greatly Oblidge me by your Trying of them'.

Two issues of 'The Literary Fly'.

Author: 
[Sir Herbert Croft (1751-1815), editor] 'The Literary Fly' [Christopher Etherington, bookseller, printer and typefounder, No. 25, St. Paul's Church-Yard]
Publication details: 
Number 13: 10 April 1779. Number 14: 17 April 1779. 'Printed and Published by Etherington, at No 25, opposite the South Door of St. Paul's'.
£100.00

Both issues 8vo (roughly 30.5 x 19.5 cm), 6 pp (each a loose leaf in a bifolium). Both printed on brittle watermarked laid paper. Both unbound, and stabbed as issued, and both on aged and chipped paper, but with the text clear and entire. Each issue with the title in an expansive calligraphic design. The full slug, at the bottom of the last page of both issues, reads: 'Printed and Published by ETHERINGTON, at No 25, opposite the South Door of St. Paul's (where Letters, post-paid, to the LITERARY FLY will be received).

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