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BOWLKER, Charles, -1779 : THE ART OF ANGLING, OR COMPLETE FLY & BOTTOM-FISHER : DESCRIBING THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF FISH, THEIR HAUNTS, PLACES OF FEEDING, &C. &C. ALSO, OBSERVATIONS ON THE BREEDING OF CARP ...
Ludlow : by H. Procter, 1806. First Ludlow edition. Originally published at Worcester in an undated mid-eighteenth century edition under the name of Bowlker’s father, Richard, this became one of the most popular angling guides ever produced, appearing in various revisions and fresh editions at least as late as 1854. Charles Bowlker was considered the most accomplished fly-fisher of his day – “never regard what bunglers and slovens tell you”. This edition was the first to be published in his home town of Ludlow.
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COOPER, A.E. (Austin Eric Sisson), 1899-1982 – editor : SEA FISHING.
London : Seeley Service & Co., (1956). A reprint of the pre-war Lonsdale Library volume on sea fishing. Contributors include Eric Parker, etc. "Certainly the most comprehensive book on the subject ever published" (British Sea Anglers’ Quarterly).
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DEWAR, George A.B. (George Albemarle Bertie), 1862-1934 : LIFE AND SPORT IN HAMPSHIRE.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1908. First edition. A most attractively produced and charming account of wild life and sport – mainly in the woods, streams and chalk downs of north-west Hampshire. With two coloured plates by Archibald Thorburn, illustrations from photographs, etc.
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FAIRFAX, Thomas : THE COMPLETE SPORTSMAN : OR, COUNTRY GENTLEMAN’S RECREATION ...
London : for J. Cooke, [ca.1772]. A fresh edition of a charming little guide first published in 1758, with sections on cock-fighting; the care of horses; horse racing; hare-hunting; fox-hunting; buck-hunting; otter-hunting; coursing; dog-breeding; much on angling; breeding pigeons, rabbits and canaries; shooting, and much else. Although this edition is dated by various authorities to the period 1760-1765 and the spine bears the date of 1770, the advertisements in this copy can only be consonant with a date in the early 1770s.
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THE GENTLEMAN ANGLER : THE GENTLEMAN ANGLER. CONTAINING SHORT, PLAIN AND EASY INSTRUCTIONS WHEREBY THE MOST IGNORANT BEGINNER MAY, IN A LITTLE TIME ...
London : for A. Bettesworth, 1726. First edition. “I may, without vanity, affirm that the following treatise upon angling, is the most perfect and compleat of any that has hitherto appeared in print ...” – and so it probably was, becoming the standard eighteenth-century work, combining practical instruction on fishing with the making of flies, descriptions of the individual fish, the laws of angling as then understood, material on rock-fishing and sea-fishing, an extensive glossary of the “technical words, and phrases”, and a selection of appetising fish recipes, etc.
“OLIVER, Stephen” – [CHATTO, William Andrew, 1799-1864] : SCENES AND RECOLLECTIONS OF FLY-FISHING, IN NORTHUMBERLAND, CUMBERLAND, AND WESTMORLAND.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1834. First edition. “A bottle of Reading sauce, a box of ‘peptic pills’, and a portable frying-pan ought to form part of every angler’s travelling equipage”. Fly-fishing in Coquetdale, Glendale and the Northern Hills, together with an appendix – “a well-written review of the older angling literature” (Westwood & Satchell), as well as a list of trout streams all across the north of England and the Borders. Father of the publisher, Chatto was also the editor of “The New Sporting Magazine” – “must have a place in every library” (Blackwood’s Magazine).
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TAVERNER, Eric (Eric Sherwood), 1892-1958 : TROUT FISHING FROM ALL ANGLES : A COMPLETE GUIDE TO MODERN METHODS.
London : Seeley, Service & Co., 1929. First edition. An excellent guide to all aspects of the subject, from its literature, to tackle, casting, entomology, trout-flies, fly-dressing, etc., with additional chapters on trout scales by G. Herbert Nall, and on the legal aspect of fishing by Alban Bacon, etc. In the much-admired “Lonsdale Library” series.
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WALTON, Izaak, 1593-1683 : THE COMPLEAT ANGLER : OR, THE CONTEMPLATIVE MAN’S RECREATION : BEING A DISCOURSE OF RIVERS, FISHPONDS, FISH AND FISHING NOT UNWORTHY THE PERUSAL OF MOST ANGLERS.
London : George G. Harrap & Co., (1931). First Rackham edition. The great classic of angling literature, here delightfully illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
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WALTON, Izaak, 1593-1683 & COTTON, Charles, 1630-1787 : THE COMPLETE ANGLER OF IZAAK WALTON AND CHARLES COTTON: EXTENSIVELY EMBELLISHED WITH ENGRAVINGS ON COPPER AND WOOD ...
London : John Major, 1824. The second Major edition. Despite the publisher’s introductory essay and verses (dismissed as a “farrago of twaddle” by Westwood & Satchell), a much admired edition, very prettily illustrated.
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WILLIAMSON, Henry (Henry William), 1895-1977 : SALAR THE SALMON.
London : Faber & Faber, (1935). First edition. The perilous journey home through Devon rivers of a twenty-pound salmon – “a rare and beautiful book that should take its place as a classic among the few that are written at once with a poet’s insight and a naturalist’s knowledge” (New York Times).
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