A CLASSIC INDIAN ANGLING GUIDE.
MASTERS, John. The Compleat Indian Angler. Illustrated from Pen and Ink Drawings by the Author. Country Life, 1938.
4to. Original blue-green cloth, spine titled in gilt, upper cover titled in white; xi + pp. 115, with a coloured frontispiece of a Mahseer, and 34 other black and white plates of Indian fish, on 32 leaves, after original drawings by the author, and with a separate section at rear, comprising 16 photographic plates of local scenery, individual fish, local characters, and other fauna; a couple of splashes of discolouring to upper cover, fading one letter of title, very clean internally, very good. Provenance: ffep inscribed by "(?)Honbl. Cameron. C.O. Cameron Highlanders".
First edition. As well as being a guide to all manner of Indian fish and fishing, the whole book takes the form of an extensive conversation with the author of the original "Compleat Angler", Izaak Walton, written in the language of his era, with the insights into the local fish and fishing being revealed incidentally.
cf. Elliott - "Field Sports in India", London, 1973 (chapters 13 and 14).