STURGES, LEE. Salmon Fishing on Cain River, New Brunswick. (Chicago:) Privately printed (for the author by Ralph Fletcher Seymour), 1919. First edition, one of fifty copies (of which few, according to Braun a handful, though perhaps as many as ten, survive), this a presentation copy, this a presentation copy to Colonel J.G. Loggie, inscribed by Sturges in pencil. Publisher's dark green paper over boards, the upper cover blocked in gilt with the title, with a small angling vignette stamped in blind at lower right. 9 1/4 x 7 inches (24 x 18 cm); unpaginated; 7 etched plates on Japan vellum by Sturges (the first signed by him in pencil and dated), with printed tissue guards, other illustrations in margins throughout. Tiny split to head of front joint, some minor wear, but in general a fresh copy, internally and externally, of this legendary angling rarity.
Anecdotally, as recorded by Bruns (who received the story from the author's son), the night that the author picked up the copies from the printer, the house burned down, Sturges rescuing four or five copies. There may be some slight exaggeration in this account, as the copies that have passed through auction appear to include a couple not included in his count, but the book is a genuine rarity by any reasonable calculus. This is generally an exceptionally appealing copy in terms of condition; we note other copies that have been offered that are rebacked and/or are quite worn.
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