World's most expensive angling book bought at auction, and you can read it online for nothing.
The most expensive angling book ever sold at auction raised an incredible £187,250 recently – but you can get it for free with just the click of a mouse button!
‘Catechism of Fly Making, Angling and Dyeing, Comprising Most Essential Information’ by William Blacker was first published in 1842. Blacker was a famous angler and well-known dealer of fishing tackle during the Victorian era, with much of his work regarded as hugely important to fly angling.
The copy that sold for the whopping sum at Bonhams auction house was an expanded edition of the work which included 75 flies and fly-tying specimens mounted with silver seals on four sheets of thick card.
Part of a sale entitled ‘The Library of Alan Jarvis’ the book was accompanied by two other high priced lots, The Art of Angling which sold for £61k and ‘A Booke of Fishing with Hooke and Line’ dating from the late 16th Century which raised £51k.
However, you don’t need to mortgage the house to be able to read Blacker’s record-breaking tome. Thanks to a project called ‘Project Gutenberg’ all you have to do is click here and scroll down – the e-book includes Blacker’s words along with stunning images.