"A Pike is a Prince of his own liquid country, and like a universal monarch, can command all the regiments of the scaled army": Scarce first edition of the art of trolling from the library of Alfred Dennison

  • The Compleat Troller, or, The Art of Trolling.
  • The Compleat Troller, or, The Art of Trolling.

The Compleat Troller, or, The Art of Trolling.


Item Number: 89160

London: Printed for T. James for Tho. Helder, 1682.

Rare first edition of Nobbes’ authoritative work on the history and methods of trolling. First issue with the engraved hook on page 37 pointing to the right and two woodcut illustrations in the text. Small octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. Lord Spencer’s copy with his ownership inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper, “From Lord Spencer’s Library 18/”. From the library of renowned angling collector Alfred Denison with his gilt leather bookplate to the verso of the front panel. Denison’s angling collection of over 3,000 books was the basis of Thomas Westwood’s historic and distinct library of English angling books, the Bibliotheca Piscatoria. In very good condition. A nice example with noted provenance.

Nobbes' detailed work on the art of trolling includes poems and prose on the antiquity and invention of fishing, descriptions and rules of the instruments required of the pastime, and a brief account of the principle rivers in England. Special attention is paid to the nature and behavior of the pike, the baits for trolling, and how to preserve a river for trolling.

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