The Arte of Angling, 1577

The Arte of Angling, 1577

May, 2012
Gerald Eades Bentley, ed.
Publication Information: 
Ashburton : Flyfisher's Classic Library, 2000
Special Collections -- Fly Fishing Collection
Call Number: 
SH431 .A7 2000

PiscatorThis book contains a facsimile of the original 1577 book, along with a modernized transcription of the text. Attributed to Vicar William Samuel, it is the second earliest book on angling in the English language.

The single copy that survived was discovered in 1953, went to the British Museum, and ended up in the Princeton University Library.

The Arte of Angling was written 157 years before The Compleat Angler, by Isaac Walton, and there is information about the relationship of the two books in the introduction.A similarity between the two is the use of a dialogue between the Piscator(fisher), and the Viator (traveller).

The book is a gift from Jack C. Hutchinson to the Special Collections Fly Fishing Collection.

On William Samuel's The Arte of Angling, by Frederick Buller

Jack C. Hutchinson oral history

Jack C. Hutchinson Memorial Fund