Fishing Book Inscriptions.

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Re: Fishing Book Inscriptions.

Post by BreadFlake » Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:32 am

Walkerburt wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:04 pm
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A printed inscription to fellow club members and fishers, plus the rare signatures of Joseph Crawhall and Abel Chapman

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Re: Fishing Book Inscriptions.

Post by Fredline » Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:17 am

Another nice inscription complete with an accompanying letter.

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If you have no grease with you, and your rings are full of ice, do not cut out the ice with a pen-knife but get your man to put the rings one by one in his mouth, and so to thaw the ice.
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Re: Fishing Book Inscriptions.

Post by Bobthefloat » Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:43 pm

A friend mine entrusted me with returning this book to its rightful owner. It was a copy of Rob Maylins book Bazils Bush. And was inscribed to Terry the tench AKA Terry Hearn while they was both fishing Yatley. It had been in a box in a loft for over ten years. It took me a while but I eventually managed to get it back to him.
Terry's first book In Pursuit has a special place in my heart as it got me back into fishing after a lay off years ago and lit the flame again. In return he very kindly signed my copy for me.
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Re: Fishing Book Inscriptions.

Post by Walkerburt » Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:32 am

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G.P.R.Balfour-Kinnear, or “George” to most of Tweedside, wrote a pair of books, “Flying Salmon” and “Spinning Salmon” just prior to WW11 - in a moment of pure farce, the publishers decided on a silver dust wrapper, which had a metal inclusion which meant that on the spinning book, it stuck to the FEPs like glue. The latter book was published in 1938, the books were sent to the binder, and most were lost to a fire in the blitz making it a scarce book for collectors.
Apparently quite a character, I would have loved to have met the author, as he wrote a chapter in a subsequent book, describing a haunted “bad place” where his hair stood on end in fright, but he walked on through it.

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Re: Fishing Book Inscriptions.

Post by Walkerburt » Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:36 am

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The doyen of Itchen and Test fly-fishers, G.E.M.Skues
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Re: Fishing Book Inscriptions.

Post by Stour Otter » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:24 am

Two inscriptions here gentlemen from both ends of my spectrum. This one was pure joy to find, as Peter Wheat has always been one of my hero's. This one came in his "The Angler's Year No.2", edited by Peter Wheat. Inside the first is written by him as follows;

. . . To Bob & Aubrey Gerrand with Best Regards Peter Wheat 23/4/71
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Printed on the page of Acknowledgements he gives credit to Mrs Audrey Gerrand . . . And last but not least, to Mrs Audrey Gerrand for valuable assistance in the final preparation of the manuscript.
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The second inscription is perhaps the saddest that I have ever read. This "Red Letter Days" copy was plucked from the book shelf from a local charity shop. I already had two copies of this wonderful 1994 book, edited by Peter Rogers and illustrated by the late and great John Searl.

The inscription reads;
. . . "daddy, Happy Easter. I love you lots, Leah-Marie, 19 months xxx xx x

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It also included a Four-Leaf Clover glued to the page.
On reading it, I was filled with sadness. What had happened to Daddy, or worst still little Leah-Marie, for who would part with such a touching inscription from one so small. I bought it for Leah-Marie and returned it to a fisherman's library.

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