[ANGLING] The Gentleman Angler. Containing short, plain and easy instructions,
London: printed for A. Bettesworth, 1726. First edition. 19th century full mottled calf by Zaehnsdorf for Bartlett, all edges gilt. 6 3/8 x 3 3/4 inches (16 x 19.5 cm); [xii-including half-title, 184,  pp. Minor binding wear, and exceptionally fresh copy, apparently unwashed.
The rare first edition of this early manual, which contains the delightful "Angler's Song" (see Gingrich, Fishing in Print, p. 97). It includes stratagems for various species of fish, fly-tying, recipes for fish and much else. It was reprinted throughout the 18th century, with an edition appearing under another title as late as 1828. It has been attributed to George Smith, but this is not reflected on ESTC, and may be doubtful. Westwood & Satchell pp. 104-105.
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