The Angler’s Vade Mecum: Or, a Compendious, yet full, Discourse of Angling: Discovering the aptest Methods and Ways, exactest Rules, properest Baits, and choicest Experiments for the catching all manner of fresh Water Fish. … The Third Edition, Illustrated with Sculptures: And very much Enlarged.

  • [Chetham, James]
  • London: Printed for William Battersby 1700
  • ESTC R224296


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8vo, pp. [viii], 326, [10] + 1 double-page plate. Late 20th century half calf, marbled boards, leather labels to spine. A little spotting. Lightly scratched, rear hinge cracked at final text leaf with a little damage to gutter. Ownership inscriptions of Hannah Wilkinson to front and rear flyleaves, that to rear partially obscured by pasted in signature of Richard Clark dated 1767, ownership inscription of Susanna Hill to flyleaf, bibliographical note concerning author to verso of flyleaf facing title-page in same hand.


The third edition of James Chetham's (1640-1692) angling book, first published in 1681. 'an informative and influential account which established his reputation as a leading authority on angling,' (ODBN) in spite of, or perhaps owing to what the same source describes as Chetham's 'honest, if on occasions rather surly, exposition of his own views' therein. This edition is the scarcer of 2 variants printed in 1700, with ETSC recording just 4 copies, at Oxford, UCL, California and Illinois.

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