The Salmon Fisheries of England, 1868, From Authentic Information Obtained from the House of Commons, to Which is Added Valuable and Exclusive Information, Extracted from the Reports of the Commissioners of Fisheries in France, America, Norway, & Russia.

London/Bath: Longmans, Green, & CO./William Lewis, "Directory" Office, 1868.

Small octavo, 17.6 x 11.3 cm, 117 pages. FIRST EDITION. Color lithographed frontispiece. A digest of the issues and failing policies facing British salmon fisheries. Threats to fisheries throughout the North Atlantic arose in the 19th century, and despite many laws to regulate salmon in England, all proved ineffectual. Thomas Ashworth expands the issue beyond the British quandary to include extracts from the related and corresponding policies and solutions of New England (specific reference to Maine policies), France, Norway, and Russia. Text, clean, unmarked, very minor toning. Half dark blue morocco, marbled boards, covers tooled in gilt, raised bands, spine titled and decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers; binding square and tight, minor rubbing. Inscription on one of the front blanks, "Alfred Denison May 15, 1868 with Major Scott's compliments." Bound for Clan Melville, with their oval leather label, gilt device and border, at upper left of front paste down. Very good. [OCLC locates just three copies].

Price: $600.00