• Rare books in Canadian catalogue

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    Rare books by William Blacker, Richard Franck, William Gilbert and Frederic Halford are among items in the latest catalogue from Patrick McGahern of Ontario. The rarest is probably the 1682 The Young Angler’s Companion, which carries a C$20,000 asking price. The Blacker, a first edition (1842) of Art of Angling, has the author’s signature on the last page, and is listed at C$7000, while a first edition (1694) of Franck’s Northern Memoirs, believed to be the first description of salmon fishing in Scotland, is on at C$10,000. Check out 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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