Stockwell, Glenn - "Fly Reels of the House of Hardy"

A & C Black. London. 1978 1st edition. 8vo (160 x 240mm). Ppxii,58. Color frontispiece, b/w photographs & illustrations. Cream cloth, brown spine titles. Like new condition. The "full range [of reels] from Perfecta to Hydra is fully described and illustrated with notes on rarity, dating and finding". Thorough account of Hardy reels, their development and production, with something of the history of Hardy's too. Useful section on care of reels for collectors. An indispensible work. Chapters include; from cutlery to cane - the rise of the Hardy Brothers; reels from adequate to perfect; quick indicators of a reel's age; evolutions of the big four; a subjective guide to the rare reels; judging and finding reels.