Huge sale of rare Derrydale titles at Christies

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13th November 2012
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13th November 2012

Huge sale of rare Derrydale titles at Christies

An auction of the rarest Derrydale Press titles will take place at Christies in New York on December 7. It includes Magic Hours (stated by some sources to be the most important Derrydale of all), Atlantic Salmon Fishing, A Book of Trout Flies and American Big Game Fishing. The sale, from the Le Vivier library, is said to be the finest collection of Derrydale titles in private hands, and is an almost complete set of the 169 titles, mostly in superb condition, with many de luxe editions. It includes original manuscripts and drawings, printing plates and rare ephemera. There are also many other rarities, such as Charles Cotton and his River by Gerald Heywood (1928). Derrydale Press was set up by Eugene Connett III in 1927.

Keith Elliott
Keith Elliott
Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I’m Founder and former Chairman of the Masher Trust.

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