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Lot 12[ANGLING]
Constitution and Bye-Laws of The Fly-Fishers' Club of Brooklyn. N.Y.
Brooklyn, N.Y.: A.W. Heinrichs Printing Co. [for the Club], 1910. First (and likely only) edition, C.G. Levison's copy, inscribed and with his return address on the front cover, annotated (by him, or possibly the recipient, Weir) in several places to note defunct memberships etc.. Publisher's printed wrappers. 6 3/8 x 4 3/8 inches (16 x 11 cm); 18 pp. Laid-in is an interesting four-page letter from Levison to the artist J. Alden Weir conveying this copy of this pamphlet (and another letter, not present), mentioning the availability of several shares, their prices, the amenities of the Club and its fishing rights, etc.; drawings of two flies on a slip of paper, likely by Weir; and a small photograph, the central figure of which is likely Weir. About fine.
A scarce desideratum of one of the most exclusive fishing Clubs in America, if not the world. Chancellor Levison was a charter member of the Club, and it seems likely that Weir, a notable American impressionist painter who was also a serious fly-fisherman, accepted Levison's offer of a share at this time. He was certainly a member of the Club at some point thereafter. Weir made several paintings pertaining to fishing, see for example his The Fishing Party, 1915. The very detailed letter offers significant insight into the Club's financial arrangements with members, etc.


C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson

Sold for $3,250
Estimate $300-500


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