London, South Kensington
8 October 1999
SCROPE, William. Days and Nights of Salmon Fishing in the Tweed; with a short account of the natural history and habits of the salmon, instructions to sportsmen, anecdotes, etc., London: John Murray, 1843. 8, 16 lithographed plates, 13 tinted and 3 hand-coloured (occasional light spotting), 9 wood-engraved illustrations from paintings by Sir David Wilkie, Edwin Landseer and Charles Landseer, original green pictorial gilt cloth.
FIRST EDITION. In Notable Angling Literature (p. 56), James Robb describes Scrope as "one of the keenest of anglers and one of the finest of sporting writers." His work was the result of twenty years' experience on the Tweed, and while "the whole book is interspersed with entertainment and amusing tales", it is also of great practical value. "Naturally there is considerable discussion of salmon problems and suggestions for methods of attack ... In a clear and detailed description of the natural history and habits of the salmon, which up to his time had been very imperfectly known, he traces its progress from the sea, its spawning in the redds, and its return to salt water in due course. He examines the parr and establishes its identity as the fry of the salmon, he notes its change to the smolt, its downward trend, its growth into the grilse and later into the full-grown fish ... On the general question of appropriate flies his opinions are worthy of careful consideration." W. & S. p. 191; Robb pp. 52-54; Petit 1907.
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