MASCALL (LEONARD)] A Booke of Fishing with Hooke & Line, and of all Other Instruments Thereunto Belonging, part one (of 2), 1590
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MASCALL (LEONARD)] A Booke of Fishing with Hooke & Line, and of all Other Instruments Thereunto Belonging, part one (of 2), 1590
Sold for £51,650 (US$ 80,243) inc. premium

Lot Details
[MASCALL (LEONARD)]
A Booke of Fishing with Hooke & Line, and of all Other Instruments Thereunto Belonging, part one (of 2), first edition, black letter, woodcut vignette on title, 11 woodcut illustrations, several early marginal 'pointing hands' and 2 notes, ownership inscriptions of Walter Ashmore and I. Newton (dated '87), initials of O.A. (perhaps Oliver Anderdon, see below), bookplate of J.C. Lynn, early eighteenth century calf, gilt with bird, and boat devices, serrated border, rebacked preserving parts of original spine gilt with fish tools [STC 17572; Westwood & Satchell, p.137; Schwerdt II, p.17], 4to, Printed by John Wolfe, and are to be sold by Edwarde White, 1590

Footnotes

  • THE SECOND PRINTED BOOK IN ENGLISH ON FISHING, after the Treatyse (R.B. Marston, Walton and Some Earlier Writers on Fishing, p.34). The text is closely derived from its predecessor, albeit "distorted" (Schwerdt) and "marred in the transfer" (Westwood & Satchell), with elements also taken from Charles Estienne's L'agriculture et maison rustique (1570). Marston argues that Mascall was a pioneer of fish culture and preservation in England. The book went into its fourth edition in 1606, suggesting some credit is owed to Mascall for popularising the art of angling with rod and line.

    The present copy contains the entirety of the section of angling, but not the second part concerning "sundrie Engines and Trappes to take Polcats, Buzards, Rattes, Mice and all other kindes of Vermine". A lengthy pencil note identifies the initials O.A. as Oliver Anderdon, brother of John Lavincourt Anderdon, the author of The River Dove. According to another note, this copy is from the collection of William White of Crickhouse, and was bought in January 1948 at Sotheby's. Sold at Bonhams, Collection of Sir Jocelyn Stevens, June 27, 2006, lot 115. We can trace only one other copy offered at auction in over 45 years.
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