Oblong 8vo, pp. iv, 28; with 12 engraved plates; some damp staining, short closed tear to one plate (pike-fishing), the four plates of fishing scenes with pin holes to corners; a good copy in the original printed drab boards, rebacked with printed spine label; covers damp stained; inscription to front free endpaper ‘W. Wilcox a gift from Mr Woods April 16 1832'.
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The angler’s manual; or, concise lessons of experience, which the proficient in the delightful recreation of angling will not despise, and the learner will find the advantage of practising ... Embellished with twelve plates, of fish, fishing, baits, and tackle, designed and etched by S. Howitt.
First edition of this angling classic, with excellent plates by the painter and etcher Howitt (1756/7-1823), depicting a variety of fish, as well as charming scenes of minnow-, fly-, pike- and float-fishing. A keen sportsman, hunter, rider and angler, Howitt became a professional artist when financial difficulties forced him to earn a living, exhibiting at the Royal Academy and illustrating many sporting and zoological books. His early work was influenced by his brother-in-law Thomas Rowlandson but he soon developed his own style, capturing rural sport with great fluidity and excitement.
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