Past Timed Auction

Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson

Soft close begins Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 12pm EST
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Exhibition dates:  Dec 14, Dec 17

  • Timed Online-Only Auction of Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson
  • Bidding Will Close on Tuesday, December 18 Beginning at Noon EST
  • Over 300 Lots of Books on Angling Spanning the 19th Century to the Modern Day

NEW YORK, NY – Following the recent success of the online sale of Travel Literature and Sporting Books from the collection of Arnold “Jake” Johnson (1930-2017), Doyle is pleased to offer an impressive array of Angling Books from the same collection. The current sale comprises approximately 305 lots of books and is offered as a timed online-only auction on Bidding will close on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 beginning at 12pm EST.

The public is invited to view the books at Doyle from 10am-5pm on Friday, December 14th and Monday, December 17th. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan.

The auction offers books covering all aspects of angling, including:

A group of material pertaining to angling clubs across the United States and Canada, including an extensive run of titles and ephemera from the Anglers’ Club of New York.

Classic fishing and angling titles ranging from several editions of The Compleat Angler (Lots 292-298) to two editions of The Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle (Lots 70 and 71), to more uncommon titles like Forest and Stream Fables. By Awahsoose the Bear (Lot 247) and The Art of Angling Improved in All Its parts, Especially Fly-Fishing (Lot 86).

Additionally there are several nice examples of manuscripts and original photographs relating to fishing, including a group of 13 photographs depicting fishing in Quebec from the early 20th century (Lot 139) and two typescripts by Lee Richardson: “Alaska - 1968. Kvichak - Copper River with Fred Greenlee, June 14-22” (Lot 244) and “South America. Fly-fishing the Streams of Chile and the Argentine. February 2 - March 18, 1964” (Lot 245), both of which are quoted in his published book, You Should Have Been Here Yesterday.

This incredible collection, though primarily focused on the United States and Canada, also features titles on angling in far-flung places such as Ceylon (Lots 35 and 36), India (Lots 202, 225, and 285), the Congo (Lot 85), Norway (Lot 91), and Panama (Lot 123).

Rounding out the sale are a number of lots on the fish themselves, from trout to salmon to bass to the fishes of Hawaii, as well quite a few books on tying flies and fly fishing (including several deluxe editions with real flies mounted to the books) and many titles signed by their authors.

A true bibliophile, Johnson was an inveterate collector of rare items related to angling, travel, expeditions in India and Africa, English sporting and color-plate, 19th century big game hunting, and Western Americana. His collection includes hundreds of rare books, hand-written accounts of hunting expeditions, striking examples of 19th century photographic travel albums, and elusive bibliographies and facsimiles of major works.

This remarkable and extensive collection, numbering in the thousands of volumes, is being offered an ongoing series of live and online auctions.

Bidding in the timed online-only auction will close on Tuesday, December 18 beginning at Noon EST. Lots will close sequentially, one lot per minute, with a soft close. Should any bids be placed in the final minute, bidding will remain open on that lot for one additional minute.

All of the books will be on public exhibition at Doyle on Friday, December 14 from 10am-5pm and Monday, December 17 from 10am-5pm. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan.

Payment can be made by cash, check, credit card or wire transfer. The final purchase price will include the successful hammer price plus the Buyer’s Premium of 25% and any applicable sales tax.

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