BOWLKER, Charles. The Art of Angling improved in all its parts, especially fly-fishing… Ludlow: Procter and Jones 1826.
12mo. Original blue paper-covered boards, printed in black ink to sides and spine, sometime expertly rebacked with original spine laid on; pp. viii + 9-145, text illustrations; two ownership inscriptions to half-title including a contemporary signature from Ludlow where this edition was published, very good.
Ninth edition. This was the standard textbook of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, initially credited to Richard Bowlker and then running to many editions under the guidance of his son Charles. "The Son... was considered the most finished fly-fisher of his day." (Westwood & Satchell). For such a small volume it is very wide-ranging, with more advice on the choice of tackle than on tactics, and with much of the material taken from seventeenth century writers. It is an important milestone in popular angling literature, and this first edition is scarce.
Westwood & Satchell p. 39.