"THE NUMBER OF ANGLERS, WHEN COMPARED WITH THAT OF ENGLAND, IS ASTONISHINGLY SMALL"
[BROWN, John J.]. The American Angler's Guide. New York: Burgess, Stringer, 1845. 12mo, original green cloth gilt.
First edition of the first book written in America on angling, with wood engraved frontispiece and two plates of hooks.
"A compilation from the works of popular English authors, from Walton to the present time; together with the opinions and practices of the best American anglers; containing every variety of mode adopted in ocean, river, lake and pond fishing; the necessary tackle and baits required; manner of making artificial flies, etc. etc." "The chapters on tackle, baits, and the general practice of angling, for these tell something about American angling usages then prevalent" (Goodspeed, Angling in America, 159-163). The author was a tackle dealer in Manhattan. Brown's name did not appear on this work until the fifth edition in 1876. Westwood & Satchell, 4.Thacher, 86. Sage, 4. Bookplate remnant.
Light wear to original cloth, with joints tender; gilt still quite bright. An important work in American angling.