[FOREST, FISH & GAME COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK] First Annual Report of the Commissioners of Fisheries, Game and Forests of the State of New York.
[New York and Albany: Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co., 1896]. First edition, presentation copy from A. Nelson Cheney to Robert B. Marston. Original presentation binding of full brown morocco, gilt-lettered with "Robert Bright Marston" below the title, all edges gilt, moire endpapers. 11 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches; , iv, -376 pp.; chromolithographed plates after paintings by Sherman F. Denton, loosely inserted mounted presentation albumen of Cheney signed "Albany Art Union" within the image with their stamp on verso and signed in ink by Cheney, autograph letter signed from Cheney to Marston laid in. Rebacked preserving upper third of original spine, some wear to edges, pale soiling to endpapers.
"Some of the top names contribute to this report, including the Englishman Marston, and Nelson Cheney" (Bruns). A lovely copy with a superb association. Marston was founding editor of the Fishing Gazette and here he contributed a chapter on "The Brown Trout." Cheney, New York State Fish Culturist, contributed three chapters: "Food for Fishes," "Mascalonge, Pike, Pickerel, Pike-Perch," and "Shad of the Hudson River." Cheney has inscribed the first blank, "Robert B. Marston Esq. / With best wishes from / his friend A. Nelson Cheney". Additionally he has inscribed his three-quarter length portrait "R.B. Marston from A.N. Cheney". Cheney remarks in the two-page letter which is laid in, "a copy of the report in morocco was finally sent off to you by express, and I presume it is now in your hands..." Bruns N38.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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