RONALDS, Alfred. The Fly-fisher's Entomology, Liverpool: Henry Young, 1913. 2 volumes, 4, titles in red and black, volume I with 20 plates comprising 6 photographic views of rivers, 2 portraits, and 13 hand-coloured engravings, 11 of which are of flies (tiny ink stain to blank area of plate 1, small nick to plate 14), volume II with 48 flies within sunken mounts on 9 thick cards, the mounts linen-backed, the cards printed with numbers above and names below each fly, original green cloth backed in morocco, spines gilt (rubbed at extremities), t.e.g., others uncut.
ELEVENTH EDITION (EDITION DE LUXE). NO. 54 OF 250 COPIES, IN A TOTAL LIMITATION OF 270 COPIES. Although in 1913 dry-fly fishers would no longer use a rod from twelve to fifteen feet long, and a reel-line of twisted hair, "generally attached to the rod about ten to fourteen inches from the end of the butt," as Ronalds recommends, it is a remarkable testimony to his treatise that it could retain the confidence of practical anglers for at least a seventy-seven year period up to the publication of this eleventh edition. The silhouette portrait of Ronalds, included in this superb edition as plate 1, is the only known likeness of the author. Petit 1836.