or Hardy catalogues, or catalogs for my friends over 'there'; or even Hardy's Angling Specialities as some of the earlier ones were called.
These are fascinating insights into piscatorial history and compulsory reading for Hardy collectors. As well as the rods and reels there are articles on angling around the world and lots of amazing little pieces of kit which you didn't know you needed, until you see it in the catalogue.
Below are a some images from the 1899 edition.Early images of the world's most famous reel
Hardy marketing at its best, don't try this with your graphite!
The 300+ page 1899 Hardy's Angling Specialities is extremely rare and worth well into 4 figures (U.K. Pounds)
I was fortunate to have a copy and retained a first generation 150dpi scan of all the pages. This has been converted into a PDF and is available on CD for £20 per copy, inclusive of world wide postage.To obtain a copy contact me via e mail