The Art of Angling in Two Parts: An Account of Fish Ponds, etc., and the various Modes of Rock and Sea Fishing, etc. The Whole Forming A Sportsman's Magazine Comprising all that is curious and valuable in the Art of Angling.
Seller ID: 1767
London: W. Lowndes, n.d. Sold by T. Hurst, J. Wallis, and at the Fishing Tackle Shops. A new edition corrected (pp. 268, viii). Small octavo in full leather, titles to spine. The whole illustrated with 35 cuts in the text. Richard Brookes, M. D., (fl. 1721- 1763) is described in the ODNB entry as an 'industrious compiler'. His chief writings were A History of the Most Remarkable Pestilential Distempers (1721), The Art of Angling, Rock and Sea Fishing...(1740), The General Practice of Physic (1751), An Introduction to Physic and Surgery (2 vols., 1754), and A...System of Natural History (6 vols., 1763). Among his translations from the French was A Natural History of Chocolate (1730). As a 'compiler' Brookes was ordinarily reliant on the work of others for much of his material, if not his actual text, but identifies two of his principal sources for the Art of Angling: Willughby (for the illustrations) and Chetham, or 'Mr. Chetwynd' as he says, (for large swathes of text). Indeed, Brookes' account is weighted more on the side of natural history than on sporting techniques for capturing fishes. Some of those he describes are of a sort only incidentally caught by commercial fishermen, themselves surely no anglers, such as the 'porpuss' and hammerhead shark (Westwood & Satchell, 42- 43). Front hinge repaired, edges worn. Still, quite a good looking copy.
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