"IF HEALTH, CONTENT, AND THOUGHTFUL MUSING CHARM, WHAT SPORT LIKE ANGLING CAN OUR CARES DISARM?": FIRST EDITION OF BROOKES' ILLUSTRATED ART OF ANGLING, 1740
[BROOKES, Richard]. The Art of Angling, Rock and Sea-Fishing. London: John Watts, 1740. Small octavo, contemporary full brown calf, raised bands, burgundy morocco spine label. $1500.
First edition of this 18th-century advisory on fishing strategies, with 133 wonderful in-text woodcuts of various freshwater and saltwater fishes, in contemporary calf.
In his Preface, Dr. Brookes, one time rector of Ashney, readily acknowledges his dependence upon Francis Willughby's De Historia Piscium (1685-86) and James Chetham's Angler's Vade-Mecum (1689), the former the foremost icthyologist of the time and the latter regarded as one of the "original writers on the sport" (Westwood & Satchell, 60). The drawings for the 133 woodcuts were made by Brookes from the illustrations in Willughby. This work, however, stands on its own regarding ways to "relish the serener pleasures of life… and all the advantages of a rural retirement." Includes nine pages on whales and whaling. Westwood & Satchell, 42. Starkman & Read, 66. Sage, 45-47. Thacher, 83. Early owner signature (smudged); a few early calculations on front flyleaf (blank).
Text clean. An attractive copy in expertly restored contemporary calf.