This prolific series of pocket books introduced in 1954 by publishers Herbert Jenkins, soon became very popular,
each book introduced a particular species or technique and each was written by top angling experts of the time.
A total of 44 titles were published in this often referred to 'HTCT' series, with the last titles appearing in 1969, all were
a very uniform appearance and size, which made them then
and now a great series to collect, a useful reference source and looking fabulous in the bookcase.
The rarer titles and immaculate first editions are quite scarce and can change hands at considerable cost,
however many of the common titles and reprints are within the reach of anyone and readily available from second-hand bookshops.
Many of the popular titles were printed several times,
a few titles were printed once only and thus may be harder to find.
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Below is a list of titles and first publication dates, those dates marked with an asterisk were never reprinted
* No later printing produced.
** La Dorada (Gilthead Sea-bream) was first published in Spain in 1959 as
part of the Spanish 'How To Catch Them' Series.
The text was later translated by John Langridge and recently published by Medlar in 2009 using the
same style as the Jenkins series5
To determine if you have a first edition first printing from this series, inspect the rear of the title page, if only a single date exists
then it is a first printing - all reprints will have the reprinted date added to the initial published date,
all are technically first editions as there were no major revisions or later editions, however it is the first edition,
first printings that are reveared by collectors.
All books from the series were issued in paper dust wrappers, books without these wrappers or wrappers in poor condition
have unnfortunately very little value to collectors.
Please note: that reproduction dust wrappers have recently been available for these books,
however nice they appear they are no substitute for the original no matter how worn it may be.
Whatever the intention is for producing these 'fake' wrappers, buyers should be aware of any books presented in this way
and not paying a premium for them (see previous paragraph).
We may have a few titles from the HTCT series in our bookshop, but they are really not easy to find in decent and affordable condition anymore.
If you have any comments, corrections or queries, we will be glad to hear from you; please email us: havebooks.co.uk
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