1929 The Compleat Angler The Lives of Donne, Wotton, Hooker, Herbert and Sanderson
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First Edition, Leather Binding, Limited Edition, Pleasing Copy, Signed, With Slipcase
The first edition, thus of this work. Limited edition, number 248 of 1100 copies. Signed by the editor, Geoffrey Keynes, to the edition statement. This copy has been printed by R and R Clark in Edinburgh, the copperplate engravings by A Alexander and Son in London. The drawings have been colour-stencilled by the Curwen Press. The Nonesuch Press specialised in limited edition and private press. They were founded by Francis Meynell, his second wife Vera Mendel and their friend David Garnett. Their aspiration was for their publications to be aligned with the same aesthetic standards as the private press movement. They were unusual as they used a small Albion press to design the books, but had them printed by commercial printers. In doing so, books with the quality of a fine-press were produced, but available to a wider audience at lower prices. 'The Compleat Angler' is Izaak Walton's best known work. It was edited and expanded by Walton for over a quarter of a century. The work is a celebration of fishing through prose and verse.The second part of this work is written by Walton's friend and fellow angler, Charles Cotton. In the original slipcase. A very bright copy of this work.
In the original crushed morocco binding. With original slipcase. Externally, excellent with the occasional handling mark to the boards. Slipcase is also in an excellent condition. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very bright and clean.
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