[CHETHAM, James]. The Angler's Vade Mecum: Or, A Compendious, yet full, Discourse of Angling : Discovering the aptest Methods and Ways, exactest Rules, properest Baits, and choicest Experiments for the catching all manner of fresh Water Fish. Together with a brief Discourse of Fish-ponds, and not only the easiest, but most Palatable Ways of dressing of all sorts of Fish, Whether belonging to Rivers, or Ponds; and the Laws concerning Angling, and the Preservation of such Fish. London : Printed for William Battersby, and are to be Sold at his Shop at Thavies Inn Gate, near St. Andrews Church in Holbourn; and William Brown in Black Horse Alley, 1700
Small 8vo. Near-contemporary panelled calf, rebacked, ornamented in blind; pp. [viii], 326, , [2, advertisements], two metal-cut plates; wear to corners, p. 261 a little mis-printed, only very light spotting or browning in places; a very good copy; provenance: ownership inscriptions of Sir Thomas Edlyne Tomlins (1762–1841), legal writer and his son with the same name, dated Islington, 1863, on front endpapers.
Third edition (first, 1681) of a delightful companion volume to the Complete Angler, with a good deal of useful fish recipes, written by a Manchester-born Lancashire landowner. The fly-fishing sections are rich in detail and apparently much first-hand experience has gone into the book. 'Chetham's prefaces, in Diogenes' vein, curt and caustic while acknowledging the debt he owes to earlier writers, emphasize the way he has improved upon their ideas. Throughout the text he provides an honest, if on occasions rather surly, exposition of his own views. A second, enlarged, edition was published in 1689 and republished in 1700, possibly in the form of two editions. The Angler's Vade-Mecum was an informative and influential account which established his reputation as a leading authority on angling. This reputation would have been even greater if the text had not been published anonymously: some accounts have ascribed its authorship to his nephew James (1682–1752), the eldest son of Chetham's youngest brother, George Chetham (1654–1729)' (ODNB).