GILBERT, William. The Young Angler's Companion containing the whole art of neat and clean angling, wherein is taught the readiest way to take all sorts of fish from the pike to the minnow, together with their baits, haunts, and time of fishing for them, whether in mere, pond or river. As also the method of fishing in Hackney river, [no imprint but London: Fox, (?)1774]. 12, woodcut illustrations, mid 19th-century boards backed in straight-grained black morocco, spine titled longitudinally in gilt. Provenance: Thomas Westwood (1814-88, 17-line bibliographical note in his hand on front blank, signed with initials and dated March 13th 1854, ownership inscription on front free endpaper dated 1862, bookplate); Edwin F. Snow (bookplate).
EXTREMELY RARE. First published as The Angler's Delight in 1676, Gilbert's work then appeared under the title The Young Angler's Companion in 1682. Westwood's bibliographical note describes this as "the 3rd edition of Gilbert's tract, the 2nd having appeared in 1682. A copy in Mr. Heseltine's collection contains the following M.S. note: 'This original Piece of Fishing was first printed in 1676 and one among the few remains of copies coming to the hands of one Fox, a bookseller in Holbourne, he reprinted it in 1776.' Fox's copy, however, must have been of the 2nd edition, as the 1st has the title of 'The Angler's Delight' & does not contain the paragraph 'To fox fish'. -- In Pickering's sale catalogue the date of 1774 is assigned to the present edit[ion]." In Westwood's bibliography, there are said to be two issues by Fox, the first without imprint, the second dated 1776. NEITHER ISSUE IS RECORDED IN ESTC. W. & S. p. 106; Petit 1071: "Trs rare".