A discourse of fish and fish-ponds…

London, E. Curll, 1713.

8vo, pp. [viii], 79, [1] publisher’s advertisements; a good copy in contemporary panelled calf, rebacked, corners renewed, spine direct-lettered gilt, extremities a little rubbed, endpapers renewed, early ownership inscription ‘Tho: Smith’ to front free endpaper.


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First edition. A popular treatise on freshwater fisheries which was frequently reprinted throughout the eighteenth century, written by the lawyer politician and writer Roger North (1651-1734). North’s manual is specifically targeted at those wishing to cultivate fish in lowland clays, and deals predominately with carp, a fish ideally suited to those conditions. He is careful to stress that his treatise does not profess to encompass river fisheries and suggests that a gentleman with more knowledge of the subject should write a similar work to his own. ‘Perhaps these two collated, might give a compleat idea of the whole affair of fish…’ (Introduction).

Kress 2864; Straus, p. 224; Westwood & Satchell, p. 157.

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