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A Bibliography of "The Complete Angler" of Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton:

Being a Chronologically Arranged List of the Several Editions and Reprints, from the first edition MDCLIII until the year MCM

by Arnold Wood

frontis engraved by Thomas Johnson 

Limited edition.  Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Three-quarter vellum calf binding with green paper covers, gilt ruling, ornament and title. 
  • Boards show some foxing and staining.  Corners are sharp. 
  • Spine has gilt text dimmed and is a little darkened and scuffed with firm ends.
  • Binding is strong. 
  • Handmade paper end papers/ pastedowns show little to no sign of age or wear.
  • Frontispiece, a copperplate engraving, is present. 
  • Ephemera, a book auction notice, and the advance sale notice for this volume, is present, interleaved at front cover. 
  • Illustrations, photo engraved reproductions, are bright and clear.  
  • Interior exhibits minimal signs of age and wear, some scattered marks, some pages have illustration shadows on facing page.  See photos. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have deckle fore and foot edges, untrimmed head edge, a little dusty. 
  • Paperboard slipcase shows edgewear and darkening of paper.  Marked "35" in ink at spine base.
  • PS2023.0913

214 pages. 8 x 10 inches

This beautiful volume is a tribute both to The Compleat Angler of Izaak Walton and to bibliography.  Walton's book, first published in 1653, is, together with the Bible and the works of Shakespeare, one of the most reprinted works in English.  A celebration of the art and spirit of fishing, a meditation on Nature, a commentary on political turbulence; the reader finds all of these in the dialogue between Pescator and Venator.  Over the course of two centuries, the book was both reprinted and reissued in amplified editions, as Charles Cotton continued Walton's work.  It also inspired illustrators, perhaps most famously Arthur Rackham in 1931.

Arnold Wood, the compiler of the bibliography, was an eminent collector of Walton's work.  Included as ephemera is Book Auction News from G.A. Baker regarding the sale of Wood's collection.  

The frontispiece is a copperplate engraving after Jacob Huysman's portrait of Izaak Walton by Thomas Johnson, signed by the artist.

Limited edition produced by The De Vinne Press in September 1900.  Edition of 120 books, 102 printed on Van Gelder handmade paper.  This is copy #35.  

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