• Angling book from 1518 at Christie’s auction

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    One of the world’s oldest and rarest angling books comes up for sale at Christie’s on October 30. The Boke of Hawkyinge and Huntynge and Fysshynge by Wynkyn de Worde is estimated at £80,000-£120,000. This is the second edition of The Treatise of Fishing, the earliest printed English work on the subject.  It contains a woodcut that was the earliest illustration printed in England of an angler when it first appeared in the 1496 edition. It is thought to depict the river Ver in Hertfordshire. The Book of Hawking and Hunting was first printed in 1486 at St Albans without the Treatise on Fishing, but with a treatise on heraldry. The auction also includes a c1705 copy of Gervase Markham’s The Young Sportman’s Instructor in Angling, Fowling, Hawking, Hunting, Ordering Singing Birds, Hawks, Poultry, Coneys, Hares and Dogs, and how to cure them, as well as some rarities by the famed illustrators Samuel and Henry Alken, like a first edition of Henry’s The National Sports of Great Britain. Take a look at the catalogue here.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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