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WALTON, Isaac (1593-1683) and COTTON, Charles (1630-1687)


The complete angler; or, the contemplative man’s recreation being a discourse of rivers, fish-ponds, fish and fishing written by Izaak Walton and instructions how to angle for a trout or grayling in a clear stream by Charles Cotton. With Original Memoirs

London: Nattali and Bond, 1860, a reissue of the first Nicolas edition of 1636. First published in 1653, Walton's COMPLEAT ANGLER, presented as a colloquy that takes place over several days (like the CANTERBURY TALES), is probably the most famous book in the world about recreational fishing. This edition, from the text of the fifth edition 1676, representing the final revisions by Walton, is augmented with extensive memoirs of Walton and Cotton. Large 8vo ( x ), two volumes: pp. [1-16] [i] ii-ccxii [1-4] [1] 2-129 [130]; [1-4] [131] 132-436 [1-32].

An attractive copy apart from the usual foxing.

TEG. Foxing to contents, near contemporary full ornate burgundy calf boards, blind stamped and gilt ruled, ornate decorated gilt spine in compartements contrasting label, inner gilt tooling to boards, some light rubbing to edges. Coigney 78, 3rd copy. Armorial bookplate from George Becher Blomfield.

Price: € 600.00

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