BEST,Thomas. A Concise Treatise on the Art of Angling. Confirmed by actual experience, and minute observations, exempt from redundancies, and superfluities, which tend more to perplex, than instruct. C. Stalker and H. Turpin. 1787.
12mo. Sometime bound in half green morocco, marbled boards, spine with gilt raised bands and lettering, marbled endpapers; pp. [viii] + 112 + [iv, ads.], engraved frontispiece; a little spotting throughout, especially to half title, otherwsie very good. Provenance: front pastedown with bookplate of 1st Baron Glenconner
First edition. Scarce. The second part of the book, entitled "The Compleat Fly-Fisher", is one of the first practical guides to fly-fishing and fly making. He provides the first discussion of the use of the multiplying reel, only just introduced by Ustonson, and elaborates on the use of various flies in hitherto unknown detail. Thomas Best "has not all the gifts of the great, but he is a pleasant, straight forward writer, who has done what he describes, and knows what to tell others to do. And I like him, too, for the affection he has for the Thames, such as indeed he should have for the river that he watched from His Majesty's Drawing Room..." (Eric Taverner, Fine Angling for Coarse Fish).
Westwood & Satchell p. 31.