BARKER (THOMAS) The Art of Angling, 1651
Lot 38
BARKER (THOMAS) The Art of Angling, 1651
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Lot Details
BARKER (THOMAS)
The Art of Angling, first edition, title within typographical border, without ?blank A1, shaved just touching several pagination numerals in upper margin, early ownership inscription "John Seare?" on verso of title, note in ink "1st edn. of Barker" in blank margin on recto of title, ALFRED DENISON'S COPY, with his booklabel, nineteenth century quarter calf, preserved in purpose-made fabric-lined calf book box [Westwood & Satchell, p.21], 12mo, R.H. for Oliver Fletcher, 1651

Footnotes

  • THE BLACK TULIP OF EARLY ENGLISH ANGLING BOOKS. The first book in English devoted to fly fishing. The first English book to describe fly patterns and tying (a dozen described). The first English book to mention the reel.

    When the Wing Catalogue (English Books 1641-1700) was compliled it contained only one entry for this book, a copy located in the Library of Congress. This subsequently proved to be the Burn reprint of 1820, and the Wing number was cancelled. This left the situation with no copy recorded in any of the several hundred libraries in the UK and North America surveyed by Wing, apparently modified in 1969 when the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York seems to have acquired a copy as part of the Julia P. Wightman gift.

    The Jarvis copy was used as the frontispiece to the Catalogue of the Private Angling Library of C.W. Bushell, Snr., Sydney, 1953., which lists it as "the rarest book in the library. Believed to be the only free copy in circulation".

    "Barker's importance lies in his writings on angling, distilling his experience for a wider audience. He is claimed to have helped Izaak Walton to write The Compleat Angler... The Art of Angling... offers much hard practical advice on fish species, tackle and bait, together with recipes, including pike with stewed oysters, and employs a successful formula for angling writing which has been much copied subsequently" (ODNB).

    Provenence: John Seard, early inscription (verso of title); Alfred Denison (sale, 1933); W.K. Rollo (sale, 1935); C.W. Bushell.
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