With the pending launch date of the 18th November noted in my diary for Jeff Della Mura’s book ‘Hooked On Floats’ at The National Vintage Tackle Fair, I couldn’t help thinking about what is that drives so many designers, marketeers, artists and media relate people who share a passion for angling and all things related with it.
In the text of the Publisher’s synopsis on Hooked On Floats it details the general description of the book as ‘Vintage fishing floats are becoming hard to find and are increasingly expensive. Sure indicators that interest and the need for knowledge are growing. Hooked on Floats is a timely arrival. The book is not a direct history of floats, nor is it a treaties on their design or use. It is intended as a collector’s companion and features much need identification and chronology source from numerous markers’ catalogues.
Hooked on Floats is focused on fishing on fishing floats dating from 1860 to 1960, the period from which most material can be found. The bulk of the floats featured in this publication are from the author’s own collection.
The Press Pack notes that Della Mura has been absorbed by angling’s most humble artefact for more than a decade and was anointed in one radio broadcast as England’s most obsessive float collector. There are a few people I know who may challenge that statement, as there are many like-minded souls.
Della Mura’s opening chapter offers the personal reflection of a number of float enthusiasts-some being very familiar names in the world of angling – who share their thoughts and their favourites.
I’m looking forward to getting a copy of this book and if any of you out there share this passion for float collecting then can I urge you to place your order promptly as the initial run of the Standard First Edition is limited to 340 copies.
The book as approximately 77,000 words and illustrated by photographs by David Watson. The Standard First Edition copies come in hardback with red linen covering, gold foil blocking to cover and spine with res silk ribbon market and full colour printed with a gloss laminated jacket. This edition is priced at £50 plus p&p.
If you want a Superior First Edition these are limited to 60 copies, half bound in leather with handmade marbled end papers and comes in a slip case but this is priced at £210 plus postage and packing.
For me it’s not about just collecting floats but I see these humble items as individual works of art especially those produced by Paul Cook and Andrew Field which have a following and I have read accounts where anglers will take to the water to retrieve one if it becomes detached.
The other part of this passion is what to store them in and I will cover this off over the next few weeks.