Birmingham: Swinney and Walker [and others]
Reprint; Published Date: 1792
Three engraved plates.
180 x 100 mm (7 x 4 inches) - 87pp; 108pp;108pp;ix,118pp+ 2pp adverts.
G: in Good condition. Contents recased in old vellum binding. Details of previous owners on eps and on several title pages of individual works and on lower edge. Some ink scribble on a blank page. Minor loss on corner of fep and on lower gutter of engraved frontispiece with minimal impact. Contents bright.
The Art of Angling by Charles Bowlker, is prefaced by three other contemporaneous fishing works as follows:
1. 'The North-Country Angler; or The Art of Angling: As Practiced in the Northern Counties of England. 3rd Edition, Leeds, printed by Thomas Gill for John Smith, dated 1800; 26 chapters, 87pp. With frontispiece engraving.
2. 'A Concise Treatise on the Art of Angling'. n.d. in 2 parts comprising 108pp, with frontispiece engraving. The title page and first contents page do not appear to have been bound in. The first part comprises six chapters. The second part [comprising 5 chapters] commencing at page 57 is entitled 'The Compleat Fly-Fisher or, Every Man His Own Fly-Maker in which the best Methods, Rules and Hints are carefully laid down and properly digested'. by Thomas Best, Gent. Late of his Majesty's Drawing Room in the Tower. No date, or publisher shown.
3. 'The Angler's Pocket-Book; or complete English Angler: Containing every thing necessary in that Art. To which is prefixed Nobb's Celebrated Treatise on the Art of Trolling'. Norwich. Printed by J. Payne for Messrs West and Hughes. 108pp. n.d. This is in two parts: 'The English Art of Angling' [26pp.] and 'The Compleat Troller; or The Art of Trolling: with Descriptions of all the Utensils, Instruments, Tackle and Materials requisite for a Gentleman Troller; and Directions how to use them. As Also a Brief Account of Most of the Principal Rivers in England', by Robert Nobbs Esq. A.M. [82pp.]
4. The Art of Angling by Charles Bowlker; or Compleat Fly Fisher. published by Swinney and Walker, Birmingham, 1792. [118pp.] Frontispiece engraving.
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