[a] Angling in All Its Branches, reduced to a Complete Science: Being the Result of more than Forty Years Real Practice and Strict Observations throughout the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland.

Samuel Taylor, Gent. [ Samuel Taylor (1749-1811) of Shropshire, angler and stenographer ]
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London: Printed by A. Strahan, Printers Street, for T. N. Longman and O. Rees, Paternoster-row. 1800.
SKU: 20451

xv + 298pp., 12mo. Ownership signature at head of p.vii. Internally in good condition, a tight copy on lightly-aged paper, in heavily-worn contemporary tree-calf binding, damaged at head of spine, and lacking label. Taylor's entry in the Oxford DNB, following a description of his achievements as a stenographer, gives the following reference to the book: 'In 1800 'Taylor notarius' yielded the field to 'Taylor piscator' […] 'Angling in All its Branches' represented the culmination of Taylor's more than forty years' experience as an angler: the work lists alphabetically the counties of Great Britain and describes the fishing waters of each, an arrangement borrowed by the Revd William Barker Daniel in his popular 'Rural Sports' (2 vols., 1801-2). It also describes various fish, and discusses the merits of different types of bait and artificial flies, with instructions for their creation and use. The 'Victoria History of Shropshire' (1973) notes that the 'Salopian' Taylor 'devoted much of the topographical section of his book to Shropshire', with a 'river-by-river account of the species of fish in the county'.