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A.M. Rapach Angling Books


Andy Rapach

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antiquarian, collectible, and out-of-print fishing and sporting books.

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PO Box 2 , Harrison City, PA, 15636, United States

More about this bookseller

Located in southwestern Pennsylvania, USA, we are a bookseller specializing in antiquarian, collectible, and out-of-print fresh and salt water fishing, fly fishing, hunting, and sporting books. Established in 1990, we started selling books online in 1993--with a 14.4K dial-up modem and a 60MHz Apple computer with 8MB of RAM and a 250MB hard drive. In 1995 we acquired our own domain --

In addition to our online bookstore, hosted by Square, we sell books at hunting & fishing shows and flea markets throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding states. Clients are encouraged to submit their "want lists," as the online store represents a fraction of the available books."

Featured Items

Cronyn, Verschoyle P.; The Fly Leaf; PRIVATELY PRINTED, RARE;

[1968, London (ONT), (Privately printed), second edition, (1959, London, ONT)] 8vo; 30pp; Paper wrappers; A rare, privately printed Canadian salmon work—a fly fishing guide with an emphasis on salmon fishing, including tackle, casting and fishing. Cronyn was a a British fighter pilot during WWI. He was involved in the dogfight that claimed the life of German ace, Werner Voss, recepient of the Blue Max. Voss was considered by some to be the one pilot who could match Baron Von Richthofen (Red Baron). Cronyn wrote a letter to his father telling him that his plane had been shot up so badly that it was written off and that he was lucky to be alive. He also wrote that he couldn't sleep that night because of his ordeal. Cronyn wrote of his experience in "Other Days," which he self published in 1976. Cronyn was a part of an illustrious family. His great-grandfather was the first bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Huron. He founded Huron University College which grew into the secularised University of Western Ontario. His maternal grandfather was the founder of John Labatt, Ltd. (Labatt Brewing Company). His brother was the actor Hume Cronyn and his first cousin was the artist Hugh Cronyn. “The author was the Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario. He fished the Restigouche and it is probably that river he refers to in The Fly Leaf. This little book is rare, charming, and very appealing". — From the Charles Wood's "Biobliotheca Salmo Salar.” The first edition was printed in 1959 in slightly larger format. Not in Bruns. Indentations from a can or similar object on the lower cover o/w Very good.


Griswold, F. Gray; The Horse and Buggy Days; LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED, ASSOCIATION COPY;

[1936, n.p., (Privately Printed), first edition, first printing] 8vo; Illust; 161pp; TEG, Limited edition, 150 copies; Presentation copy SIGNED by author. Presented to Grayson M.P. Murphy (1878-1937). Printed by Plimpton Press, Norwood, MA. Tales of London, Paris and New York, along with yachting, the America’s Cup, horse racing, club life. Includes a substantial chapter on "The Greased Line Fisherman" comprising letters from the late A. H. E. Wood. ”Grayson Mallet-Prevost Murphy ran a leading New York brokerage trading in stocks and international bonds. [Murphy was a senior vice president of Guaranty Trust Company. He was also founder and head of G.M.-P. Murphy & Co. He served on the boards of directors of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company, Guaranty Trust Company, New York Trust Company, Bethlehem Steel, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, New York Railways, Fifth Avenue Coach Co., and Chicago Motor Coach Co.] On J.P. Morgan’s “preferred client list,” he was a director of Morgan’s Guaranty Trust bank and several Morgan-connected corporations. He and his banking house played an important role in syndicating Morgan loans to fascist Italy, for which he was decorated by Mussolini. [He received the gold “Order of the Crown of Italy,” Commander class.] As early as 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt selected him for secret assignments, including planning U.S. military interventions in the Americas. After WWI, Murphy headed the American Red Cross in Europe, which he used to develop a network of informants and operatives in European governments. In 1919, Murphy was one of 20 elite U.S. officers who met in Paris with the guidance of J.P. Morgan & Co. operatives to found the American Legion. Murphy personally underwrote that operation to the tune of $125,000, and solicited additional funds from allies of Morgan in the industrial and financial community. In the 1920s, he made several ‘fact-finding’ trips to Europe with “Wild Bill” Donovan who was later appointed director of the Office of Strategic Services.” The American Almanac, July 4, 1994. He was a director of the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment, the first group created to fight Prohibition. He later became the first treasurer of the American Liberty League. Murphy was also implicated in the 'Business Plot’ or ‘Wall Street Putsch,' an alleged political conspiracy in 1933 in the United States to create a fascist veterans' organization and use it in a coup d'état to overthrow President Franklin D. Roosevelt. some penciled marks on certain paragraphs, also a penciled note on page 21 that Griswolds trip to London was 1881-1882, not 1882-1883. spine sunned o/w Fine.



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