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THE

COMPLETE ANGLER,

OR

Contemplative Man's Recreation;

6938

BEING

A DISCOURSE

ON

RIVERS, FISH-PONDS, FISH, AND FISHING.


IN TWO PARTS:

THE FIRST WRITTEN BY

MR. IZAAK WALTON.

THE SECOND BY

CHARLES COTTON, Esq.

WITH THE

LIVES OF THE AUTHORS:

AND

NOTES, HISTORICAL, SUPPLEMENTARY, AND EXPLANATORY,
BY SIR JOHN HAWKINS, KNT.

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LONDON:

PRINTED FOR JAMES SMITH, 163, STRAND.

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1822.

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THE NINTH EDITION.

THE English language does not, perhaps, contain a book of more general and undivided popularity than THE COMPLETE ANGLER; it is praised and loved by persons of all conditions; and, so far from being confined to those who are devoted to the sport of which it mainly treats, it is a favourite with many men who never handled an Angling-rod in their lives. As a literary production it is a phenomenon, a work entirely sui generis, such as was never before produced, and such as we shall probably never see again. Lucid and interesting treatises have been very frequently written upon recreative sports, but, although the authors have had all the excitement which an ardent attachment to the respective subjects could supply, none of them have been made to extend beyond the circle for whose instruction or amusement they were undertaken, nor have they in any instance filled so independent a station in literature, as The Complete Angler has done.

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