The Art of Angling ...

Brookes (Richard)

The Art of Angling ...

In two parts. I. Containing an account of fish, and fish-ponds: a new art of fly-making: the new laws that concern angling: the secret ways of catching fish by ointments, pastes, and other arts: directions how to procure baits, and for making all sorts of fish-tackle, with the surest method of finding sport, &c. II. Of the great whale, and whale fishery; the devouring shark; the amphibious turtle; the luscious turbot and sole; with flying fish, sea-devil, and other extraordinary productions of the sea. Likewise a natural history of the inhabitants of the salt water, and the various methods of rock and sea-fishing. Illustrated with one hundred and thirty-five cuts, exactly describing the different kinds of fish that are found in the fresh or salt waters. The whole forming a sportsman's magazine; and comprizing all that is curious and valuable in the art of angling. The fourth edition, with great improvements.

Description: engraved frontispiece, and numerous woodcut illustrations in the text, small original paper flaw tear to D7 (no loss), frontispiece offset onto title, minor browning, pp. viii, 304, 12mo, original sheep, rebacked (not recently), corners rather worn, annotated by perhaps more than one generation of anglers (see below), and with an unrecorded broadside ballad

Publication Details: Printed for T. Lowndes, 1774

Notes: The title-page is misleading. Essentially this is 'The Angler's Dictionary', alphabetically arranged, including fish (each illustrated), tackle - including a long entry on flies - and such things as Fishes Food, and technical terms: a long entry for whales is naturally towards the end (so the title has all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order). The long entry on Flies (occupying over thirty pages), and is copiously annotated in ink by a dedicated early nineteenth-century fly-tier, possibly a Yorkshireman, but with an evident wide circle of acquaintance in the fishing world: ...more

Bibliography: (Westwood & Satchell p. 42)

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Price: £1,800

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1774

Stock Number: 66714

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