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Nobbes, Robert.
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.

London printed by T. James for Tho. Holder at the Angel in Little Britain: 1682. 1st edition.

A popular early work. Although not the earliest English work on fishing, Nobbes' work is one of the most popular, and Nobbes has been called "the Father of trollers". Republished in 1770 and again in 1805, the 1770 edition is especially troubling as it was a "facsimile". However, a comparison of copies at the Houghton Library at Harvard confirms this as a second issue of the first edition.

Hardcover. 3.5"x6", [17] 78 [2] pages several woodcut illustrations in the text. 1 page list of other books published by Helder on the last page. Bound in old full leather with gilt dentelles and an elaborately blindstamped spine engraved bookplates of James Walsh and Henry A. Sherwin ownership label of H.S. Smith another ownership label removed from the endpaper. Covers with some wear and rubbing contents a bit browned, with a small stain running down the upper portion of the outer margin pages pressed newer endpapers front endpaper detached but present title page supplied with neatly inked light red/brown rules around the margins and underlining the title which acutally looks quite handsome.

Inventory #: 1017
Price: $ 2500.00      

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