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"Favorite Flies and Their Histories"
by Mary Orvis Marbury

BOSTON AND NEW YORK: Houghton Mifflin Company, The Riverside Press Cambridge

(1892) First edition, first printing (only 500 printed)

Mary Orvis Marbury

Mary Orvis Marbury

(1856-1914)

 

The name of Orvis is known to sportsmen and women around the globe. Founded in 1856 by Charles Orvis, what is now an internationally recognized fixture in the sporting and fishing communities, it began life as a fishing tackle shop in New England. Mary was the oldest of four children of Charles and Laura Orvis; the only girl. One of her brothers died in childhood and the other two became prominent citizens in their home town of Manchester. Mary was the one who remained to help build the company and, by 1892, when her book was published, became famous. Until the publication of Favorite Flies and their Histories no standardized text existed for American flies, leading to not a little confusion on the part of anglers ordering what they thought was one thing but too often turned out to be another. The colorful lithographs in her book enabled anglers to order with confidence and helped set a standard nomenclature for American flies. The book was an immediate best seller and was reprinted at least nine times by 1896. It continued to be reprinted in the twentieth century - the last printing was in 1955.

The lithographs are bright and colorful, and would make a cheerful addition to the den of any angler. Offered here are the rare chromolithographs from the original printing in 1892. Perfect for the sportsman or sportswoman in your life!

Original antique chromolithographs over 120 years old


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ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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HACKLES

PLATE A

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$75
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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SALMON FLIES

PLATE B

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$95
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

SALMON FLIES

PLATE C

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches

SEE CONDITION NOTES ON ENLARGEMENT
$45
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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SALMON FLIES

PLATE D

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$95
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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LAKE FLIES

PLATE E

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$95
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

LAKE FLIES

PLATE F

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$95
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

LAKE FLIES

PLATE G

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$95
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

LAKE FLIES

PLATE H

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$95
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

LAKE FLIES

PLATE I

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$95
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

LAKE FLIES

PLATE J

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$95
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

LAKE FLIES

PLATE K

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$95
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

LAKE FLIES

PLATE L

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$95
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

TROUT FLIES

PLATE M

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$115
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

TROUT FLIES

PLATE N

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$115
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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TROUT FLIES

PLATE O

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$115
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

TROUT FLIES

PLATE P

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$115
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

TROUT FLIES

PLATE Q

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$115
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

TROUT FLIES

PLATE R

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$115
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

TROUT FLIES

PLATE S

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$115
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

TROUT FLIES

PLATE T

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$115
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

TROUT FLIES

PLATE U

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$115
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

TROUT FLIES

PLATE V

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$115
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

BASS FLIES

PLATE W

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$105
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

BASS FLIES

PLATE X

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$105
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

BASS FLIES

PLATE Y

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$105
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

BASS FLIES

PLATE Z

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$105
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

BASS FLIES

PLATE AA

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$105
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

BASS FLIES

PLATE BB

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$105
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

BASS FLIES

PLATE CC

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$105
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

BASS FLIES

PLATE DD

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$105
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

BASS FLIES

PLATE EE

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$105
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

TROUT & BASS FLIES

PLATE FF

Original chromolithograph from 1892

Made by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by M. Bradley Co., Lithographers

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$105
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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"Hic Habitat Felicitas"

Original antique print from 1892

SOME FOXING ON PLATE, SEE ENLARGEMENT

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.375 x 5.675 inches
$35
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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Disputing the fly question

Original antique print from 1892

SOME FOXING ON PLATE, SEE ENLARGEMENT

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4 x 5 inches
$35
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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BROWNS, STONE-FLIES

Original antique print from 1892

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$35
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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BEETLES AND CHRYSOPA

Original antique print from 1892

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$35
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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DUNS

Original antique print from 1892

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$35
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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SPINNERS

Original antique print from 1892

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$35
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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FLIES AND ANTS

Original antique print from 1892

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 9 x 7 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 6.375 x 4.675 inches
$35
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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Charles F. Orvis

Original antique print from 1892

SOME FOXING ON PLATE, SEE ENLARGEMENT

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 7 x 9.125 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 4.675 x 6.375 inches
$35
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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A pleasant memory

Original antique print from 1892

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 9 x 7 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 6.375 x 4.675 inches

SOME FOXING, SEE SCAN

$25
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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Equinox: The edge of the shadows

Original antique print from 1892

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 9 x 7 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 6.375 x 4.675 inches

SOME FOXING, SEE SCAN

$25
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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The Ondawa

Original antique print from 1892

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 9 x 7 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 6.375 x 4.675 inches

SOME FOXING, SEE SCAN

$25
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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'Up the long road'

Original antique print from 1892

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 9 x 7 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 6.375 x 4.675 inches

SOME FOXING, SEE SCAN

$25
ORVIS FISHING FLIES FROM 1892
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Manchester

Original antique print from 1892

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 9 x 7 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 6.375 x 4.675 inches

SOME FOXING, SEE SCAN

$25

 
 

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