Oh well done sir. Great find and for me the research is what it’s all about.Briefly, the story - the1875 “first edition” consisted of only 12 copies, but was stopped because Aldam’s eyesight was failing. He then sourced the fly tying with the best tyers of the time, notably Mary of Ogden Smith fame. He then published the 1876 edition of 200 with the original 12, making no notes about the two dates. I believe that the original manuscript was sold at auction for a small fortune. I was lucky enough to find the first edition in a sale, and my wife has just bought me the “second edition” for Christmas!
It’s what collectors dream about, and I’m a very lucky man
….the spine on the 1876 edition is split at the bottom, and I will get John Laybourn to repair it - he rebinds and repairs all my books now, he’s a perfectionist and absolutely faultless. Another problem with books like this is that the display pages are relatively heavy and sometimes suffer from clumsy handling, so he’ll check the binding throughout.That's grand for you, Merry Christmas!
But the title is 'Restoration project' - in what way does it need restoration and will you do it yourself?