(1932) 2003 new edition. 8vo (160 x 240mm). Ppxxii,277 + 1pp ad. B/w illustrations from old engravings, silk marker ribbon. Fully bound in rich brown bonded leather, top edge gilt, marbled end-papers, gilt FFCL motif to upper board, spine titled in gilt. Cloth-bound slipcase.
The jacket description of the 1st edition published in 1932 cannot be improved upon. "A book about coarse fishing and a book about the Thames, a mixture of practical advice and delightful reminisences, written with all the charm which has gained for its author such a host of devoted readers. Here are wise tips on catching huge trout and portly carp, where to find otters and giant water beetles, how to cook your pike when you have caught him and how to make barbel palatable. There are true stories of monstrous fish that disappeared into the depths with half the anglers tackle, and there are delightfully improbable tales of impossible fish that did outrageous things - and got away with it. A book with a singular charm, it is impossible to put it down when once one has read a page or two." "The only book, of a substantial nature, in existence dealing with Thames fishing. Delightfully written and a real addition to angling literature." (Where To Fish, 1933).