FRANCIS, Francis. A Book on Angling. Being a Complete Treatise on the Art of Angling in Every Branch. Longmans, Green, and Co. 1867.
8vo. Original plum cloth, gilt lettering to spine; pp. xiv + 429 + [4, ads.] + 32 [publisher's catalogue], colour frontispiece and 15 plates (4 coloured), text illustrations; previous owners' bookplates to front endpapers, spine sunned, gilt lettering now very faint, hinges reinforced, clean internally, very good.
First edition. One of the classics of angling literature, this went into many editions: "the most valuable of his many contributions. For almost twenty years Francis collected his material; he visited and fished nearly every river of note in the kingdom in search of information. The tangible result was a comprehensive manual, first published in 1867, dealing with every known branch of fresh-water angling and set out in practical and concentrated form." (James Robb, Notable Angling Literature ).