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The sporting Fish of Great Britain, with notes on Ichthyology
London, Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1886. First and only edition. Octavo (219 x 139 mm), pp. 10, 185. With 18 lithographs of fish, of which 16 are in gold, silver and colours. Heads, initials and tailpieces are in the form of woodcut ornaments and there are woodcut illustrations in the text. Title printed in red and black. Contemporary half dark green morocco over purple cloth boards. Five gilt ruled raised bands on spines and gilt lettering. Second compartment reads: The sporting fish of Great Britain, and the third compartment reads: Cholmondeley-Pennell. Marbled edges, pastedowns front and end papers. Hinges and board corners re-coloured.
A handsome, internally clean copy. Gilt crest of the Library of Parliament of New South Wales on spine heel and front board.
Cholmondeley-Pennell (1837-1913), was a successful author of angling books and editor of the Fisherman's Magazine and Review. Morphological characters, description of habitat, as well as the life-cycles of the principal freshwater fishes of the British Islands are covered. There are plates of the salmon, the bull trout, the sea trout, the common trout, the loch leven trout (uncoloured), the great lake trout, the grayling, the pike, the perch, the carp, the tench, the barbel, the bream, the roach, the rudd (uncoloured), the dace and the chub. In prepatory note Cholmondeley-Pennell takes the opportunity to acknowledge the author of Yarrell's " British Fishes" as well as Mr. J. van Voorst, the publisher of that excellent treatise.
Price: € 350,00