The Compleat Fisherman
Seller ID: 2388S
London: W. Mears and S. Tooke, 1724. First edition (pp. 234). Duodecimo (16 cm) in full polished calf, gilt titles and decoration; folding frontispiece illustrating various fish and fishing methods, endpapers with contemporary ms commentary on various points in the text, with the signature of T. Russell evidently the ms author. “A large and particular account, of all the several ways of fishing now practised in Europe; with abundance of curious secret and niceties in the art of fishing…. With directions for preparing the angle rods, lines, hooks, and baits, proper for every part of the sport respectively; and also for the angler’s conduct in rightly applying them…. Collected from the best authors and from the long experience of James Saunders, Esq.; of Newton Awbery, upon the River Trent.” A fine, clean copy. Westwood and Satchell (189) note The Compleat Fisherman was reputed to be the first to mention the use of silkworm gut in fishing tackle but that Samuel Pepys described something apparently similar in use sixty years earlier. Well! A fine, clean copy.
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