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This 17th-century guide to trolling is totally real
Robert Nobbes’s book The Compleat Troller was published in London in 1682.
Robert Nobbes’s book The Compleat Troller, published in London in 1682, is a seminal work, a poetic tribute to the art, history, and science of trolling, from antiquity to the present day. It has a 24-page introduction, written partly in iambic verse, containing frequent allusions to Roman mythology.
It’s also got plenty of cool illustrations of angling gear, because this is a book about fishing.
Surely you know that trolling doesn’t only mean pushing people’s buttons online. It’s also when you trail a line behind your boat and hope to catch a pike or two.
— gilly youner (@gillyarcht) March 22, 2014
It looks too good to be real, but it is! Thanks to the Internet Archive’s cache of a University of New Hampshire Library page, you can read The Compleat Troller here, or download it here. You can also find reproductions on Amazon.
The biggest troll move of all: getting the Internet to gush over your poems about fishing, 350 years later.
Photo via Moyan Brenn/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
A former assigning editor for the Daily Dot, Cooper Fleishman's work focused on the web culture and niche internet communities. He joined Mic as a senior editor in 2015. His work has been published by HyperVocal and the Good Men Project, and he previously copyedited for Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, and Us Weekly.