c1900 – ANGLING BY LEON F. DOUGLASS – UNCOMMON RECENTLY SOLD FOR $406 at Auction (see below)
Leon Forrest Douglass (March 12, 1869 – September 7, 1940) was an American inventor and co-founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company who registered approximately fifty patents, mostly for film and sound recording techniques.
He obviously enjoyed fishing, and wrote this poem on ANGLING. Sharing it with others, who enjoyed it, he published this small book of his poem with lovely illustrations saying in an “Apology – With the hope of an increased salary, or in fear of discharge, some of the employees were kind enough to say this poem was good, and asked for a copy. Therefore I felt it would no longer be right to withhold its publication, owing to this unquestionable popular demand. AUTHOR”
DOYLE Sale SALE 19JJ04 – Lot 136 -Estimate: $200 – $300
August, 13, 2019 Sold for $406 (includes buyer’s premium)
Below is Doyle’s catalogue listing for this scarce book gift
DOUGLASS, LEON F. Angling.
[Philadelphia: privately printed by Ketterlinus, circa 1900]. Original cloth-backed wood veneer boards with engraved title and decoration. 6 5/8 x 4 1/4 inches;  pp.; vignette title page, frontispiece and illustrations after photographs, illustrations after drawings.
An unusual and attractive little book. Douglass was an inventor and co-founder of Victor Talking Record Company, as well as the producer of Cupid Angling (1918), which may have been the first American feature-length color film. Likely published as a keepsake for friends.
DOYLE described their copy as – Extremities worn with minor loss, text block pulling away from binding, some pale staining to lower margin of text leaves, but attractive.
The copy I am offering is GOOD to VERY GOOD without the faults of the copy sold for $406.