The Angler's Instructor, A Treatise on the Best Modes of Angling in English Rivers, Lakes, and Ponds and on the Habits of the Fish
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London: Longman, 1857. First edition (v, 111 pp., advert.). Green cloth with impressed decorations, gilt lettering and decorations. Believing many of the commentators on the 'gentle piscatorial art' have fallen into error since 'good old Izaak' first published his Complete Angler, Bailey, a famous angler of his day, sets out the lessons of 'upwards of twenty years practical experience as an Angler' in search of pike, perch, trout, gudgeon, chub, carp, roach, etc. Salmon, however, proved too aristocratic a fish, and Bailey, with no experience with the 'king', refers the reader to an article in Bell's Life. Advertisement for 'William Bailey, Fishing Tackle Maker, Broad Marsh, Nottingham' and 'Gentlemen instructed in the art of angling' on the last page. "An excellent practical treatise by the best Nottingham angler of his day" (Westwood, 20). Tips worn, top and tail of spine worn, outside hinge repaired, some flaked gilt. A very good copy, just the size to slip into the pocket of your favourite smoking jacket.
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