FRANCE, LEWIS B. Scraps.
Denver, Colorado: The W. F. Robinson Printing Co., 1899. First edition, inscribed by the author. Publisher's yellow wrappers, preserved in custom clamshell box. 6 x 4 3/8 inches; 44 pp.; with 2 autograph letters signed to Mrs. Mary Orvis Marbury loosely inserted. Wrappers lightly edgeworn and rubbed with some creasing to lower corners, front wrapper just pulling away from text block, with bookplate of Henry A. Siegel to inner wrapper.
Inscribed by the author to Mary Orvis Marbury on the front free endpaper, and with two autograph letters signed to Mrs. Marbury loosely inserted. Best known for his writing on fly-fishing, France was a prolific nature writer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with his work appearing frequently in American Angler and Outdoor Life. "Scraps" was the title of France's regular column in Western World, a Denver periodical for tourists and sportsmen, which he published under the pen name "Bourgeois." The column was later published in book form, as here. This is a lovely copy with a superb association: Mary Orvis Marbury was the daughter of Charles Orvis, founder of the C. F. Orvis Company and a shop which sold fly-fishing rods and flies made by the company. Mary Orvis was an excellent fly-tier in her own right, becoming the manager of the company's fly-tying operations in 1876 and hired an all-female team for the department. A fairly scarce title; we traced no auction records.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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