The Complete Angler’s Vade-Mecum; being a Perfect Code of Instruction on the Above Pleasing Science: Wherein are Detailed, a Great Variety of Original Practices and Inventions; [etc].
London. 1808. Printed for Payne and Mackinlay, in the Strand; and Cuthell and Martin, Middle Row, Holborn. First Edition. Octavo (8 x 5 1/2). xi, [xii], , 2-316 pp. plus appendix. Ten black and white plates bound in at the back of the book showing a reel, rod, hooks, baits, nets, and fish. There’s sections devoted to hooks, gut lines, horse-hair lines, weights, reels and rods, baits, salmon and trout fishing, plus methods on how to angle for nearly all the coarse fish found in England. At the end of the book, we finally get to the heart of the matter - fly fishing, which the author devotes a mere 13 pages. Nevertheless Mr. Williamson fancied himself a top notch fly fisher and he wasn’t shy about his casting abilities either, failing to understand how most folks couldn't measure up to his skill set; modesty didn’t overtake him. Westwood & Satchell describe the book as "essentially original." The book is bound in a late nineteenth century fine binding of green morocco spine and corners with marbled boards with gilt rules. The spine is decorated with gold fish, flies and tackle with raised hubs with gilt rules. Marbled end papers. Top edge gilt. With the bookplates of Marvin Chase and Rob Cohen. A cool book. Very good with light edge wear to the binding and some foxing scattered here and there within the text.
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