Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark / Wm. Paterson, Booksellers, 1871. Hardcover. 147p., small hardbound in 7.5x5 inch bevelled boards, green cloth titled gilt and panelled in blind. Worn copy; most seriously the front hinge is cracked through and practically detached (rear hinge has a crack but remains sound). Cloth is edgeworn with bits of fray at head and heel, the corner-tips are turned so they meet. Within, find a nice period bookplate with a green fish on the pastedown, a seller's catalog clipping tipped onto the free endsheet, some seller's pencilled prices which we have left alone, and finally a bit of offset discoloration at pp.22/3 (from a scrap of longgone newsprint). A pleasant reading copy. "In the salmon rivers of Scotland, a small fish, having transverse dark marks across the back to the lateral line, is known under the name of the parr. By many observers it has been asserted that the parr is only the young or smolt of the salmon at a certain stage of growth.."
The basic argument of Mr. Flowerdew is legal: "..whether anglers are entitled to fish for and take what are called parr, without contravening the laws appertaining to salmon fishing. There is also involved the deeper question, whether parr under the character of salmon fry, is entitled to a higher position than salmon-- to be protected at all seasons.."