Title: Chesapeake Bay Decoys: The Men Who Made and ...
Publisher: Crown Haven Publishers, Cambridge MD
Publication Date: 1973
Illustrator: Photo Illus in b&w
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: By Editor
Edition: 2nd Printing
Book Type: Hunting
200pp with Index. Green cloth. 2nd Printing. Tight, square, bright copy. No remainder mark. Free of internal markings. Firm corners. Crisp, unclipped pictorial DJ in Mylar cover. Photo illus. in B&W. Signed by Richardson in ink on FFEP. Very nice copy. Bookseller Inventory # 15016
Synopsis: From the Epilogue of this 192 page book: "I suspect someday hunting waterfowl will be a thing of the past, and so will the use of decoys. The one thing that will go on, long after the hunting has ended, is the folk-art developed in America as a result of waterfowling: carving birds. The origin of decoys is obscure, but it is generally attributed to American Indians who made them of woven straw and mud. The carving of wooden decoys started long before the Civil war. Who's to say where decoy carving started; maybe in the great Chesapeake Bay country. Bay residents, islanders, and watermen are noted for 'making do' with what is available and for improving most any situation, especially in the taking of waterfowl. The great variance in the style of decoys found from the Susquehanna River at the head of the Bay down through the five thousand miles or so of shoreline to the mouth of the Bay clearly indicates the originality and prolific output of the makers. The Chesapeake Bay country can also be given partial credit for the renewed interest in decoys and bird carvings through exhibits and carvings held annually in Chestertown, Easton, and Salisbury, Maryland. In fact, carving is Maryland's official pastime, as proclaimed by Governor Marvin Mandel in 1969. These shows clearly show the esteem we have for birds, most notably waterfowl. A way of life may end, but there will never be an epilogue for the story of bird carving." Filled with dozens of photographs along with descriptive text, this book is a must-have for those interested in the history of decoy carving.
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