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 has made Angling his Diversion upwards of Twenty-Eight Years.

London: A. Bettesworth at the Red-Lyon in Pater-Noster-Row, 1726.

Price: $1,750.00

About the item

First edition. [xii], 184, [5, index], [3, ads] pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Bound in half green nineteenth century morocco and marbled boards. Very good. With the ink ownership signature of "Willm Wilson/Oct 11th Anno/ p. 95." on the half-title and again on (Oct 12th) the title page. Bookplate of Frederick August Witthaus. Westwood & Satchell. pp. 104-105.

Item #237974

First edition of this manual, one of the earliest of its kind. It has been attributed to one George Smith, and contains the first appearance of the charming "Angler's Song" (cf. Gingrich, Fishing in Print, p. 97), as well as recipes, strategies for each species, fly-tying, etc. It quickly became a standard handbook of the eighteenth century, was reprinted with additions in 1736 through 1786, then again in several forms under various titles as late as 1828 in London, under the title "The Angler's Guide ... By a lover of the art."