Watson, Alfred E. T. (ed.); William Senior

Fur, Feather, and Fin Series: Pike and Perch

  • First edition, first printing. A very attractive copy of Pike and Perch, one of the less common volumes in the Fur, Feather, and Fin series, which began publication in 1893 as the only book series devoted to all three aspects of hunting: the animal's biology and behaviour, how it is taken in the field, and the best ways to prepare it for the table. Each book focuses on an individual species and each section is penned by an expert, with many of the contributors being leaders in their respective fields. Beginning with the partridge, the series ran to twelve volumes, with the addition of "Fin" to the title after the editors decided to include volumes on fishing.

    The main author of Pike and Perch was William Senior, also known as "Red Spinner", an Anglo-Australian journalist who worked for the London Daily News and Manchester Examiner while also serving for twenty-five years as angling writer, and later editor-in-chief, at the sporting journal The Field. Here he and his co-authors cover fables and tale tales about the pike, the facts of pike biology, the differences between fishing for pike in rivers and in lakes, and a number of pike fishing techniques, including trolling, spinning bait, float-tackle, paternostering, and ledgering.

  • London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1900. Octavo. Original tan publisher's cloth elaborately decorated in red, brown, and gilt with a rabbit and partridges on the upper board, black coated endpapers. Frontispiece, vignette title, and 10 plates. 32-page publisher's ads at rear. Bookplate of Charles Frederick Eardley of Shakerley. A few small spots to the cloth on the lower board, but overall very fresh and crisp. Spotting to the half-title and preface and also to the edges of the text block, but otherwise the contents are quite clean. A very attractive copy in excellent condition.




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