• Early fishing book sells for £160,000

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    One of fishing’s earliest works, the 1518 second edition of The Boke of Hawkyinge and Huntynge and Fysshynge, published in London by Wynkyn de Worde, has sold for £160,000 (excluding 20% commission) at Christie’s. The Boke of Hawkyinge and Huntynge was first printed in 1486 at
    St Albans, Hertfordshire, without the Treatise on Fishing but with a treatise on heraldry. De Worde reprinted all of these works on gentlemanly pursuits in 1496, then produced various separate editions into the 16th century.


    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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