ALFRED, H.J. ("Otter"). The Modern Angler. Alfred & Son. 1865.
12mo. Original green paper-covered boards, sometime rebacked with rear board upside-down, apparently as originally issued; pp. iv + 103 + 7 [ads.], 10 plates on blue paper, text illustrations; very good. Provenance: inside of front board with bookplates of Henry A. Sherwin (1842-1916), founder of the Sherwin Williams building materials company which is still in existence, and Jeffrey Norton, the important fishing book collector.
New edition, first published in 1864. This is a real rarity - this 1865 edition is unrecorded in Westwood & Satchell, which records a second edition of 1866. It is this copy that appears in Thacher's Angling Books: A Guide for Collectors on page 12, having been sold as Bloomsbury Auctions in 2001. It is apparently the only recorded copy of this edition. The binding of the rear board upside down is even more intriguing, as the vertical crease along the hinge suggests that it was bound this way originally. A thorough introduction to both fish and rivers.