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THE SEVENTH EDITION.

A
CONCISE TREATISE

ON THE

ART OF ANGLING,

Confirmed by actual Experience ;

INTERSPERSED WITH

SEVERAL NEW AND RECENT DISCOVERIES;

THE WHOLE FORMING

A COMPLETE MUSEUM,

FOR THE

LOVERS OF THAT PLEASING AND RATIONAL

RECREATION.

BY THOMAS BEST,
A new Edition, carefully corrected.

As in successive course the seasons roll,
So circling pleasures recreate the soul :
When genial spring a living warmth bestows,
And o'er the year her verdant mantle throws,
No swelling inundation bides the ground;
But chrystal currents glide within their bounds;
The finny brood their wonted haunts forsake,
Float in the sun, and skim along the lake;
With frequent leap they range the shallow streams,
Their silver coats reflect the dazzling beans.
Now let the fisherman his toils prepare,
And arm himself with every wat'ry snare.;
His hooks, his lines peruse, with careful eye,
Increase his tackle, and his rod re-tie.

GAY.

LONDON:
Printed by T. Plummer, Seething-Lade, Tower-Street
FOR B. CROSBY AND CO. NO. 4, STATIONER COURT,

LUDGATE HILL,

1807.

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARI

GIFT OF
DANIEL B. FEARING

30 JUNE 1915

ADDRESS TO THE PUBLIC.

THE credit of this treatise is so fully established by the approbation the former editions have met with, that it would be quite superfluous to say any thing more in its favour. In the present edition, which has been revised with the greatest atten

tion, I have been careful to avoid all newŹ fangled rules, but have endeavoured to

render those which I have before laid down more conspicuous and intelligent. Most of the late publications on this pleasing and rational recreation may allure by their novelty for a while, but are in general so vague and full of error, that, like summer insects, pereunt et imputantur, they must perish and be thought on no more. Hoping

B.

the present edition will be well received by all judicious and discriminating Anglers, I shall conclude with observing,

Si quid novisti rectius istis
Candidus imperti; si non, his utere mecum.

Or,“ Better precepts if you can impart,
Why do I'll follow them with all my heart.”

1 AM,

THE PUBLIC's

MOST OBEDIENT

HUMBLE SERVANT,

THOMAS BEST.

* Tottenham Hale, 1804.

* Excellent reception for anglers at Brother Patrick's in that

village.

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