Petrie, J.L.  “Unspotted Mascalonge of Wisconsin”

Petrie, J.L. “Unspotted Mascalonge of Wisconsin”

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J.L. Petrie. “Unspotted Mascalonge of Wisconsin.” 

From William C. Harris’ The Fishes Of North America That Are Captured On Hook And Line.  New York, 1895-98.  Appr.  12 x 19 (image).  Chromolithograph.  Very good condition.  A/A

From an excellently and accurately rendered series of prints of North American game fish from William C. Harris’ ambitious late nineteenth century folio volume.  This work was intended to be of superior quality, and efforts were made to this end to the extent that the costs were so high that only one of the two intended volumes was ever completed.  In the first part, the publishers stated “neither labor nor money will be economized in the effort to make the publication unequalled in angling literature.”  Unfortunately, this care in production was not rewarded with financial success, though the artistic success was considerable.