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A Contemplative Angler

Selections from the Bruce P. Dancik Collection of Angling Books

This exhibition catalogue shows nearly 100 highlights of an extraordinary collection of rare books and print ephemera about angling. Featuring the books of a single collector, Bruce P. Dancik, who is an angler-collector in the mould of Roderick Haig-Brown, the catalogue includes titles that have contributed significantly to the development of angling as a sport and as a philosophy. Many books in the collection are titles of extreme rarity, often illustrated with woodcuts, copper or steel engravings, chromolithographs, and photoengravings. The curator, Justin Hanisch, has organized the publication into five sections: Manuals and Handbooks, Limited Editions, Angling as Adventure, Canadian Angling, and Scientific Angling. Foreword by Bruce P. Dancik.

About the Authors

Justin Hanisch is a biologist with the Government of Alberta and an avid collector of antiquarian books on the natural and social history of fish. In 2011, Hanisch won the second National Book Collecting Contest for Canadians under the age of 30.


"... you don't so much read this book as engage with its lively illustrations, photographs, and paintings, its pages and pages of gilt-edged book spines, titles, bindings, and dust jackets, its myriad typographies, its brilliantly colored and nuanced fly patterns, and its full-page reproductions of rare books in various angles of repose."—Robert DeMott, Anglers' Club of New York Bulletin, 2020

176 Pages
$49.95 USD

Other Titles from Bruce Peel Special Collections

Experiment: Printing the Canadian Imagination

David McKnight
Apr 2018 - University of Alberta Press
$39.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Salt, Sword, and Crozier

Felice Lifshitz, Joseph Patrouch
Sep 2017 - University of Alberta Press
$39.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Mounties on the Cover

with contributions by Alert Henry (Al) Lund
Apr 2017 - University of Alberta Press
$39.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General

Body Sculpture

edited by Russell Storer
Mar 2024 - National Gallery of Australia
$74.95 USD - Hardback

The Words and Wares of David Drake

edited by Jill Beute Koverman and Jane Przybysz
Feb 2024 - University of South Carolina Press
$34.99 USD - Paperback / softback

Calder: In Motion

edited by José Carlos, José Carlos Diaz, with contributions by Alexander S. C. Rower, John Shirley, Elizabeth Hutton Turner
Jan 2024 - Samara Museum of History Regional Stds
$45.00 USD - Hardback