[NOBBES, ROBERT] The compleat troller, or, the art of trolling. With a description of all the utensils, instruments, tackling, and materials requisite thereto: with rules and directions how to use them. As also a brief account of most of the principal rivers in England. By a lover of the sport.
London: printed by T. James for Tho. Helder at the Angel in Little Britain, 1682. The first edition, the correct edition (not the paginary reprint of circa 1790) with the break in the "E" in the fourth line of the title. Old three-quarters red morocco. 5 5/8 x 3 1/4 inches (14.5 x 8.25 cm); , 78,  pp., collating A-F^(8) G^(2), title ruled in red. Light binding wear, marginal defect from D4 to end with loss to the upper right fore-margin, just clear of text, and F2 with a paper flaw just touching text with minor losses. Lord Spencer's copy, with the ink ownership inscription and leather booklabel of the noted angling collector Alfred Dennison, whose collection was the basis on which Westwood's library was built.
A very rare work on angling, frequently confused with the 18th century facsimile. The hook on p. 37 correctly points to the right. There are two woodcuts in the text. The book is cropped well clear of the headlines. Westwood & Satchell p. 156; Hecksher 1445; ESTC R17278; Wing N1193.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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