London. John B. Day. 1876. 4to, 27.5cm, the First Edition, 2nd issue, xiii,(errata page),91p., plus 2 chromo litho colour plates & 25 actual specimens of flies and fly making material in 22 oval mounts on 8 (six double sided) hard card plates with 22 recesses of real flies and materials, all present, the text and mounts in red double line borders throughout, in the original dark green cloth, elaborately decorated spine and upper cover with gilt titles, black stamped borders and decorations & gilt vignette fish and fly pictorial decorations, bevelled boards, a.e.g., some slight foxing as usual but very little on the plates, very good to fine, the binding is fine. Westwood & Satchell p3. Heckscher 18. Sage p3. (Spg). Item #42084
"With two chromo-lithographic facsimiles... The various patterns and samples are inserted on heavy card stock in an oval frame with raised edge to protect them". First book to use actual fly tying materials and flies. It is said approximately 220 copies were produced. "There exist to-day many books with excellent representations of artificial flies .but the best of all, for beauty and interest, is Aldam's Quaint Treatise'" (Hills). The two large mayflies in the book "were tied by James Ogden. These are the oldest surviving examples of which the author knows" (Betts).