Rare fishing books at US auction

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Rare fishing books at US auction

Some fine and rare fishing books are up for auction at PBA Galleries in California tomorrow (March 27). They include:

* presentation copies of Zane Grey’s An American Angler in Australia, Tales of Swordfish and Tuna and Tales of Tahitian Waters;

* one of the superb 30 collector editions of Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials by Paul Schmookler and Ingrid Sils, plus a de luxe copy of The Flies of Major John  Popkin Traherne, by the same authors;

* a de luxe copy of the 1937 Fish by Schaldach, which comes with an original etching;

* a limited edition of Ray Bergman’s 1938 classic Trout;
* 1931 limited edition of the Arthur Rackman version of The Compleat Angler;
* an album containing 97 large-size (8in x 14in) silver gelatin prints of Zane Grey and others (including a couple of his mistresses) at various places.
The sale has 48 angling-related items, and you can bid online. The fishing-related lots are lots 336-376, and you can find details of the auction here.
Keith Elliott
Keith Elliott
Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I’m Founder and former Chairman of the Masher Trust.

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