An Authentic Historical Memoir of the Schuylkill Fishing Company of the State of Schuylkill. From Its Establishment on that Romantic Stream, near Philadelphia, in the Year 1732, to the Present Time. By a Member. [Together with:] [Milnor, William, Jr.] Memoirs of the Gloucester Fox Hunting Club, Near Philadelphia. William Milnor, Jr.

Schwerdt Copy, with note from Westwood

An Authentic Historical Memoir of the Schuylkill Fishing Company of the State of Schuylkill. From Its Establishment on that Romantic Stream, near Philadelphia, in the Year 1732, to the Present Time. By a Member. [Together with:] [Milnor, William, Jr.] Memoirs of the Gloucester Fox Hunting Club, Near Philadelphia.

Philadelphia: Judah Dobson, 1830.

First edition, first issue, without the Morris portrait, and before explanatory text was added at p. viii. Two lithographic views, lithographic portrait of Robert Wharton. viii, 127, [1], [8]; [ii], 56, [1, errata] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Schwerdt Copy, with note from Westwood. Original pink cloth faded to tan, printed label on upper cover, covers quite rubbed and soiled and with the usual internal foxing, front hinge started, top of spine with small loss. LACKING the portrait of Jonas Cattell. With bookplates of William Pinkerton; ownership signature of J.W. Rimington Wilson; C.F.G.R. Schwerdt Westwood & Satchell p. 190; Sabin 49133; Phillips p. 265; Schwerdt IV, p. 66; Gee, Early American Sporting Books, pp. 46-47; Henderson, pp. 178-179; Howes M636; Wetzel p. 209; Bruns S74; Biscotti, Six Centuries, p. 256. Item #240260

Milnor served for a number of years as secretary of the Schuylkill Fishing Company, America's oldest angling group, founded in 1732 - indeed it claims to be the world's oldest social organization - and was a member of the Gloucester Fox Hunting Club, the first organized hunt club in America, founded (across the river in New Jersey) in 1766. (He was also a member of Congress 1812-1820, and in 1829 was elected Mayor of Philadelphia.) His well written accounts of both organizations are full of lively anecdotes, specific incidents, and reports of various methods of hunting and fishing, not to mention a number of illustrious and interesting individuals. These two classic works are usually bound together, as is the case here

With ALS, dated 15 February 1868, to William Pinkerton from Thomas Westwood about this copy of the book and recommending Mr. Miller as a very fine angling bookseller.

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