HOWITT, Samuel. Angler's Manual; Or, Concise Lessons of Experience, which The Proficient in The Delightful Recreation of Angling will Not Despise, and The Learner will Find The Advantage of Practising; Containing Useful Instruction on Every Approved Method of Angling, and Particularly on The Management of The Hand and Rod in Each Method. Embellished with Twelve Plates, of Fish, Fishing, baits, and Tackle. Liverpool, for Samuel Bagster, 1808.
Oblong 8vo. Original brown paper-covered boards, lettered in black, sometime rebacked ; iv + pp. 28, with 12 etched plates by Howitt; some rubbing to boards, previous owner's inkstamp to front pastedown with two signatures to title page, internally very clean, very good.
First and only edition. A rare classic of angling illustration by one of the foremost wildlife artists of the time. The etchings comprise 10 different kinds of hooks and baits, and other equipment; the fish comprise: "Trout and Grayling"; "Salmon"; "Perch and Pike"; "Chub, Roach, and Dace"; "Carp, Tench and Eeel [sic]" and "Bream and Barbel". The 4 fishing scenes depicted are as follows: "Fly Fishing"; "Minnow Fishing"; "Pike-Fishing" and "Float-Fishing" - all variants on fishermen in top hats, using different equipment.
Westwood & Satchell pp. 10 & 120: "Howitt is said by Bryan ["Dictionary of Painters"] to have been a self-taught artist, distinguished for his skill in designing [sic] wild animals and the hunting of them. He died suddenly in 1822."