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First edition of Robert Venables' 'The Experienced Angler' for sale



Private treaty sale of an original first edition (1662) of The Experienced Angler: or, Angling improv'd by Robert Venables (author’s name omitted in first edition), printed for Richard Marriot who published the first edition of The Compleat Angler in 1653. 

Signed ‘Mr [?] Grosvenor Gent his Booke’ and bearing the bookplate of angling author Keith Rollo, this example has been in private hands for many years. 

This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a very rare book. It is a working copy, lacking the title and index pages, with some charming graffiti (believed to be contemporary with the edition itself) and old repairs to a number of pages. 

Though the condition of the pages is commensurate with the age of the book, the binding is generally tight. Fly-fishermen may be surprised to learn that Venables clearly describes dressing a fly to make the hook float upwards. 

Viewing essential. For more information, please contact Chris Knowles at:

10% of the agreed price will be donated to the FDG.


December 2014

Help wanted to continue to grow the Dressings Reference Library


The Dressings Reference Library represents a valuable resource for fly tiers researching original dressings and the development of patterns, styles and materials.  It provides a record of around 2,000 established, named patterns taken from reputable published sources, listing the basic materials and the source of the information which can be referred to by anyone who wishes to verify the detail.  
Bernard Sunderland from the Craven Branch has agreed to become the curator of the Dressings Reference Library.  He is keen to keep growing the Library by adding other established patterns sourced from similarly reputable sources, with the help of other members.  


So if you have a bit of time and some basic typing skills, please do get in touch with Bernard ( - if just a few members helped by adding a few patterns once in a while, they could make a real difference.  If you leave it to just Bernard or "other members", nothing will happen ...  

This is for the benefit of your Guild, our Guild - please help us turn this into an extensive, unique resource for members.  


January 2013

Last modified on 04 December, 2014