Small 8vo, pp. , [1 (blank)], 78, [2 (contents, advertisement)]; chipped ‘E’ in the fourth line of the title, 2 woodcut illustrations (with the hook on p. 37 pointing to the right), printing flaw to final line p. 39; running title trimmed in a few places, a little foxed; in a late nineteenth-century allusive binding of green calf gilt, a fish tooled to centre and corners of boards and to spine, spine lettered directly in gilt, edges gilt, blue ribbon place-marker, burgundy endpapers; a very attractive copy; booklabel of John Hely-Hutschinson to front free endpaper (‘John Hely-Hutchinson, Chippenham Lodge, Ely, 1949').
Added to your basket:
The compleat Troller, or, the Art of Trolling, with a Description of all the Utensils, Instruments, Tackling, and Materials requisite thereto, with Rules and Directions how to use them, as also a brief Account of most of the principal Rivers in England, by a Lover of the Sport.
First edition of ‘the earliest major work devoted to pike fishing’ (ODNB). Nobbes’s anonymous Compleat Troller is the first English book substantially on ‘trolling’, or angling for deep-freshwater fish, especially pike, with live bait or artificial lures. Though ‘trolling’ now implies a fisherman’s boat in motion, what Nobbes describes we would call casting, with rod and reel, from the shore; Nobbes’s detailed and experienced advice would otherwise be largely recognizable to the modern reader.
After an introduction (partially taken from Venables’s Experience’d Angler) and several verses on fishing and trolling, Nobbes offers information on the anatomy and development of the pike, and advice on seasons, baits and hooks, lines and poles, landing pikes, and on English rivers and how to preserve them for trolling; included too are instructions for cooking pike.
Following a facsimile printed circa 1790 (often confused for the true first edition), the text regained popularity in the early nineteenth century, appearing in whole or in part in several editions of The Angler’s Pocket Book and Thomas Best’s Art of Angling.
Provenance: from the celebrated library of John Hely-Hutschinson (1881–1955), whose fine collection of historic bindings was dispersed by Sotheby’s in 1956, with the booklabel designed by his wife Sybil dated 1949.
Westwood & Satchell, p. 156 (‘Nobbes is commonly called “The father of trollers”’); Wing N 1193.
You may also be interested in...
CLEANING UP THE GOLD AND SILVER TRADE [GOLD and SILVER.]
Bando generale per gli orefici, argentieri, ed altri che comprano, vendono, ed in qualsivoglia modo maneggiano, e contrattano oro e argento in Roma, e nello Stato Ecclesiastico.
Rare edict governing goldsmiths, silversmiths, and traders in gold and silver operating in Rome and the Papal States, issued by Cardinal Bartolomeo Pacca (1756–1844) in January 1815 as Camerlengo to Pope Pius VII.
Cerimonie piu’ notabili della messa privata; Cavate dalle rubriche del Missale, ed altri autori da un Sacerdote D.C.D.M. Coll’aggiunta di quelle della messa, e vespri solenni si pei vivi, che pei defunti, col modo di servire alla messa privata. Da un’Alunno del Seminario di Torino.
An apparently unrecorded edition of this uncommon treatise on the celebration of the mass and its associated rituals. Dealing both with private (low) masses and with solemn mass and solemn vespers, the work explains the meaning and performance of the non-verbal aspects of the liturgy: genuflection, the sign of the cross, the communion of the faithful, the movements of the celebrant’s hands, the role of acolytes and thurifers (also during requiem masses), the office of the subdeacon and deacon, the use of incense, and instructions for serving at the missa privata. The woodcut on page 200 depicts the altar, annotated with numbers referring to the relevant parts of the text.