WRIGHT, W. Fishes and Fishing; artificial breeding of fish, anatomy of their senses, their loves, passions and intellects. London, Thomas Cautley Newby 1858.
8vo. Original green cloth embossed in blind in floral patterns to upper and lower covers, decorated in gilt to spine; pp. xii, 384; a little bumping to exterior, a very good copy.
First edition. A wonderfully eccentric angling book, which deviates from the usual tales of sunny afternoons into descriptions of dastardly inventions (the eel tongs and portable gudgeon rake), family drama, Greek poets and a dash of mad science. The author goes into some considerable detail with his best educated guesses about the nature of fish interbreeding, whist spinning off on a number of enjoyable tangents.