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Angling - [Smith (John).)] The True Art of Angling.

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The True Art of Angling: Being a Clear and Speedy Way of taking all Sorts of Fresh-Water Fish, with the Worm, Fly, Paste, and other Baits, in their Proper Seasons. How to know the Haunts of Fish, and angle for them in all Waters and Weathers, at the Top, Middle, or Bottom; Baits Natural and Artificial; the Several Ways of Angling. To which is added, an account of the principal rivers, the fish they produce, and the proper places to angle for them in each river. [By John Smith.] Twelfth edition, 12mo, Ad + Half-title, Title + 111 pages + ad, Printed for Onesimus Ustonson, London, 1770.

Woodcut of a crown and fish on first and final leaves; contemporary spinkled calf, nicely rebacked, recent slipcase. Single early leaf a bit browned. Contemprary - or near contemporary - armorial bookplate ("tuta latebris nullis fraus") and later book label. A very good bright copy.

First published in 1696.

Osnesimus Ustonson's ("successor to Mr John Herro") opening advertisement leaf for various types of fishing tackle is particularly interesting and thought to be the fist mention in print of a multiplier reel "the best sort of Multiplying Brass Winches, both stop and plain".

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