Catch of the Day: British Fresh-Water Fishes

As it is the year of all things British, why not select my first book from the stack on the obscure subject of fresh-water fishes?” And I took the bait.

Even though ichthyology or pisciculture doesn’t float my boat, I appreciate the beauty of the drawings by  A.F.Lydon and the text written by the Rev. W. Houghton.

I particularly like how each chapter begins with an engraving of a scene from a river or lake. According to the preface, the illustrations were made from specimens of fish themselves, some of them even from the British Museum.

You can see for yourself  below how the colours printed more than a hundred years ago still jump out of the pages.

Time to Go Fishing!

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