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Fishing book nets a record price
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The entire auction raised more than 82,000
A book about fly fishing has attracted a record price at an auction in Devon.

The book, The Natural Trout Fly and Its Imitation, sold for 16,450 at Bonhams in Honiton on Friday.

It is the highest price ever raised by a book by Leonard West, one of the best known fishing writers of the last century.

It was recently "rediscovered" by its owner along with 280 other books about fly-fishing.

'Time capsule'

The library of fishing books was once owned by wealthy industrial barons, members of The Manchester Angling Association, founded in 1878.

Described as a "time capsule of angling history" the library was bought by one member after the war as no one wanted to look after it.

Its owner kept the books, gathering dust for 65 years until they were recently rediscoverd by his sons.

The family wish to remain anonymous.

Other books on sale were Fishing: Fact or Fantasy? by G.D. Luard, Salmon! by WL Calderwood and Grandfather was a Trout by John Bailey.

The entire auction of angling memorabilia raised more than 82,000.

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