Karen Hanmer

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Title: Salmonia



Salmonia: Or Days of Fly Fishing. In A Series Of Conversations. With Some Account Of The Habits Of Fishes Belonging To The Genus Salmo. by Sir Humphrey Davy | bound by artist in 2021 | $1500
London: John Murray, 1834

Bound with Atlantic salmon parchment processed by the binder, goatskin spine, and rolled leather endbands. Modified simplified/bradel structure. Original sewing retained, leaving original marbled edges undisturbed. Title hand-tooled in gold leaf, boards casually gilt. Ruscombe Mill endpapers.

6.5 x 4.5 x 1.25"
16 x 11 x 3 cm

I channeled much of my COVID restlessness into fish shopping; processing fish parchment; searching for small, fish-themed antiquarian books; and exploring modest, conservation-friendly structures to wed these activities. This volume by British scientist Humphrey Davey continues the tradition of The Compleat Angler, as an extended reflection on science, nature, and the human condition through the lens of fly fishing. The book contains six engravings and a sprinkling of woodcuts of fish in vaguely whimsical environments.