- New York, NY: The Angler's Club of New York, 1993.
- cloth, slipcase
- 170 pages
Price: $200.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 135951
Privately published. A fine copy. Limited Edition of only 300 copies published. Black and white photo frontispiece of Sparse fishing. Epilogues by Patricia Miller Sherwood and Nick Lyons. Sparse was the author of FISHLESS DAYS and FISHLESS DAYS, ANGLING NIGHTS. Includes chapters on: Who Was Sparse Grey Hackle? -Sparse's War Stories-Sparse and the Outdoor Columnists-S. G. H. Guest Columnist-Sparse, the Anglers' Club and Its Bulletin-Fishless Stories-Tales of an Older Day-The Midday Rise: Early Years-The Midday Rise: Later Years-A Bucket of Minnows-Coda. Text printed on Mohawk Ticonderoga paper; bound by W. Thomas Taylor. The book is bound in blue cloth with a wraparound paper titling label. Grey paper covered slip case with the title and Anglers' Club logo on the back panel. "Alfred Miller (Sparse Grey Hackle)was a one-time Wall Street reporter who also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Outdoor Life. His writing has all the precision of a financial reporter, but fortunately for us, it is combined with great charm, and Sparse could write on just about any subject and make it fun to read. Fishless Days is best known for its extended memoir of Theodore Gordon and the Catskill flyfishers who knew him, but there are some great tales to be read here and it is one of those books which should never have been allowed to go out of print. 'Murder' is probably the best known story in the book and it has been reprinted countless times in anthologies, but some of best cameos aren't even about fishing. My favourite bit of Miller's writing is in the chapter called 'Chance Meetings.' I've never been able to work out whether the passage is just came naturally to him, or whether he was just showing off what he could do with words that the rest of us find so difficult to tame". Andrew N. Herd. From the private reference library of Dorothy Sloan with a commemorative bookplate loosely inserted.