Taverner, Eric, G Herbert Nall & Alban Bacon
- Trout Fishing from All Angles: Lonsdale Library Volume 11 with a Chapter on Trout Scales & the Legal Aspect of Fishing; with Two Hundred & Fifty Illustrations
Seeley, Service & Co., London, 1950.
Octavo; quarter-bound in cloth boards with gilt upper board decoration and spine-title; 448pp., top edge dyed grey, with a monochrome photographic frontispiece, 49pp. of plates likewise, and many line drawings and illustrations. Very slightly rolled; mild offset and spotting to the preliminaries; bottom board corners lightly bumped; slight softening to the spine extremities; text block edges toned. Well-rubbed dustwrapper with tipped-in photographic illustrations chipped at spine panel head but with no loss to title; spine panel sunned and water stained; small chips to the flap turns; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. "Mr. Taverner's book, is a little likely to make the man who has been catching trout all his life wonder if he will ever catch another. The whole business as explained with this elaboration sounds beyond the range of Ordinary skill. Yet, as we know, trout - thank God ! - can be caught; and there are certain conditions when trout, though difficult to catch, are catchable, and Mr. Taverner helps you there. All his tips about casting so that only the "gut reaches the water", or casting across weeds, are well worth remembering. There is also a vast deal of entomology - hints on fly tying, consideration of what can be learned by studying a trout's scales, and, in short (or in long), all the relevant scientific discussion; to which is appended no less a novelty than a treatise on the law as bearing on angling. Mr. Bacon, who writes it, has one important thing to say: keep out of court at almost any cost, or you may end by finding your case in the House of Lords. Fishing titles have a delightful complexity. It would be hard to hope for anything more complete than this monumental work; and it must not be left without recognizing that Mr. Taverner knows intimately the literature of his subject, and, able to write with charm himself, feels the extraordinary charm that pervades what has been written on this fascinating theme. " - The Spectator.
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