Item #39560 The Gentleman Angler. Containing Short, Plain and Easy Instructions whereby the most ignorant Beginner, may in a little Time, become a perfect Artist in Angling, to which is added the Angler's New Song., . By a Gentleman who made Angling his Diversion upwards of Twenty-Eight Years. Anonymous.

The Gentleman Angler. Containing Short, Plain and Easy Instructions whereby the most ignorant Beginner, may in a little Time, become a perfect Artist in Angling, to which is added the Angler's New Song., . By a Gentleman who made Angling his Diversion upwards of Twenty-Eight Years.

London. Printed for A. Bettesworth. 1726. Hardcover. 12mo, 15.5cm, the first edition, [viii],184,[viii],p., index, without the half-title, in contemporary full speckled calf, real raised bands, blind ruled borders on the boards, spine title faded, wear on the edges and bands, corners bumped, contemporary signatures on both front and rear free flies, sound, text block is very good condition. Westwood & Satchell. pp.104-105. The Rare first edition of one of the earliest Angling manuals. Containing short, plain and easy instructions, whereby the most ignorant beginner may, in a little time, become a perfect artist in Angling . To which is Added, The Angler's New Song: The Laws of Angling, and the Form of a License and Deputation for Angling . By a gentleman, who has made angling his diversion upwards of twenty-eight years. Gingrich. Fishing in Print. p97, comments "contains the delightful Angler's Song'". It includes stratagems for various species of fish, fly-tying, recipes for fish and much else. It was reprinted throughout the 18th century, with an edition appearing under another title as late as 1828. It has been attributed to George Smith, but this is not reflected on ESTC, (BM. English Short-Title Catalogue), and may be doubtful. Westwood & Satchell pp. 104-105. Item #39560

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