GEEN, Philip. What I Have Seen While Fishing, and How I Have Caught My Fish. Philip Geen, Friars Stile Lodge, Richmond, 1905.
8vo. Original green cloth, stamped in gilt to upper covers and spine; pp. xiv, 348 [2,ads]; a very good copy, spine slightly darkened, endpapers browned.
First edition of this privately printed work by Geen, influential angling activist of the 19th century, detailing his life and exploits. Geen was responsible for bringing together the London Anglers Association (LAA), which at one point crested 40,000 members, and which lobbied government to protect angling as a sport, exempting it from animal cruelty legislation and ringfencing areas on the canals and waterways for anglers to enjoy.