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Complete Angler by Isaak Walton, Period Leather Binding, circa 1856

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First Edward Jesse Edition of Isaak Walton's "The Complete Angler" with Seven Thomas Bewick Wood Engravings. Published in London: Henry G. Bohn, 1856. Small octavo, contemporary three-quarter black morocco, gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. First Jesse edition, with 26 steel-engraved plates and 207 in-text wood-engravings (seven by Thomas Bewick and one by George Cruikshank). Handsomely bound copy housed in a custom made, handcrafted cloth slipcase. Perhaps the single best-known work in English on fishing, The Complete Angler is "a 'piscatorial classic'… read and loved by countless people who have never encountered fish except at a table" (Sampson, 385). First published in 1653, The Complete Angler has been described as "the best pastoral in the English language" (Starkman & Read, 118-19). This is the first edition to be edited by Edward Jesse, well-known writer on natural history and key member of the Walton and Cotton Club. It contains seven contributions by famous wood-engraver Thomas Bewick (four appearing here for the first time), and one, "A Disappointment," by George Cruikshank (page 206). While the binding states "extra plates," this copy is not extra-illustrated. It is complete with all the plates and wood-engravings called for in the contents pages.

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  • Date of Manufacture
    1856
  • Period
    1850-1859
  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 1 in. x W 1 in. x D 1 in.H 2.54 cm x W 2.54 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Seller Location
    Colorado Springs, CO
  • Seller Reference Number
    BK0363
  • Reference Number
    LU90979954993
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