1931 The Compleat Angler, or, the Contemplative Man's Recreation Being a Discourse of Rivers, Fishponds, Fish, and Fishing, Not Unworthy the Perusal of Most Anglers
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Colour Plates, First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
The first edition thus of this work, being the first edition illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Illustrated with a colour frontispiece, eleven colour plates, and twenty-five in-text line-drawings. Collated, complete. 'The Compleat Angler' is a well known seventeenth century work celebrating the art and spirit of fishing, in both prose and verse. The text in this edition are from the original 1676 fifth edition. The work was expanded and added to by the author for fifteen years after its first publication. The work was admired by the likes of Charles Lamb, who admired it for it's innocence and simplicity of the heart. In fact it is so popular that it is the second most reprinted book in English after the King James Bible. Walton's writing is vivid and expands further than being just a fishing manual, with passages of rich description, such as describing the contents in the bag of an angler. Written by Izaak Walton, who is now best known for this work, though he professed to not be an expert with a fishing fly. He also wrote a collection of short biographies called 'Walton's Lives'. Arthur Rackham was a noted and well admired book illustrator who illustrated editions of 'The Ingoldsby Legends', 'The Wind in the Willows', 'Grimm's Fairy Tales', and 'Gulliver's Travels', as well as contributing frequently to periodicals. He is considered to be one of the leaders of the 'Golden Age' of book illustrations. Rackham's work was notable for his robust use of pen and ink, which were combined with watercolours. A beautifully illustrated copy of this classics fishing work by Izaak Walton.
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally, smart. Light bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. Minor fading to the spine. A few light marks to the boards. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean.
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