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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 ...

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.
Demy 12mo. x,98pp. Engraved frontispiece by J. Ross, depicting six flies, a trout, and a vignette fishing scene. Bound in neat modern drab boards, paper label, in period style; some minor interior discolouration and browning; some nicks, creases and small flaws, but overall an attractive and uncut copy of an attractive book.

£200

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COOPER, A.E. (Austin Eric Sisson), 1899-1982 – editor : SEA FISHING.

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).
Demy 8vo (23cm). 352pp. Plates. Illustrations. A very good, clean and bright copy in a price-clipped dust-jacket with one short tear.

£20

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DEWAR, George A.B. (George Albemarle Bertie), 1862-1934 : LIFE AND SPORT IN HAMPSHIRE.

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.
Medium 8vo (24cm). xii,274pp. Eight plates. Four photogravures. Two colour plates. Original pictorial cloth gilt; some slight spotting, mainly of edges; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – just lightly worn and a little tanned. Neat contemporary (1912) inscription of A. G. D. Moger of Bath – Alfred George Derwent Moger (1843-1919), the City Treasurer – on front free endpaper.

£50

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FAIRFAX, Thomas : THE COMPLETE SPORTSMAN : OR, COUNTRY GENTLEMAN’S RECREATION ...

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.
Crown 12mo (167 x 101mm). 240,24pp. Engraved frontispiece. Contemporary sheep, with later rebacking in calf; lightly rubbed; occasional faint browning, but a very good copy. With the armorial bookplate of James Edmund Harting (1841-1928), the distinguished ornithologist, bibliographer and sporting writer. Podeschi 53; Chute 206-207 – although differing in precise detail from all of these variants.

£125

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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 ...

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.
Crown 12mo (167 x 93mm). (xii),(189),[iii]pp. Bound in a neat recent half calf, red label, marbled sides; half-title supplied in facsimile; leaf E3 expertly repaired, with some forty words supplied, in whole or in part, in facsimile; occasional light browning and a few spots, but otherwise a most attractive copy of a scarce book. ESTC T67673.

£250

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TAVERNER, Eric (Eric Sherwood), 1892-1958 : TROUT FISHING FROM ALL ANGLES : A COMPLETE GUIDE TO MODERN METHODS.

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.
Demy 8vo (179 x 132mm). 448pp. Numerous plates and illustrations. Bound in an attractive later half morocco; a few minor marks and spots, but a very good copy.

£100

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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.

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.
Crown 4to (240 x 177mm). (224)pp. Twelve tissue-guarded colour plates. Illustrations in text. Bound in a fine slightly later (mid twentieth-century) half green crushed morocco by Frost & Co. of Bath, banded and gilt with a variety of angling motifs in compartments; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; a few slight spots; frontispiece tissue slightly creased, but overall a handsome copy.

£400

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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 ...

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.
Foolscap 8vo (164 x 99mm). lviii,416pp. Fourteen plates, mainly by W. R. Smith from the eighteenth-century designs of Samuel Wale. Seventy-seven wood engravings by Bonner, White, Hughes, and others. Contemporary half black sheep, ruled and lettered in gilt; marbled sides; just lightly rubbed; lacks front free endpaper; a few slight marks, spots and small flaws, but overall a nice copy. Neat ownership inscription of a Wm. H. Smith.

£75

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