Monday, November 12, 2007

SOLD: 1904 THE COMPLEAT ANGLER w/ Leather binding

Recently sold:
A finely bound leather w/ gilt spine copy of the historic fly fishing book, The Compleat Angler" by Izaak Walton & Charles Cotton. This beauty was published in London by John Lane: the Bodley Head. 1904 Reprint of the 5th edition. In full brown leather spine with five raised bands and stamped in gilt, gilt stamped medalian of the Crown Library on front board. Gilt deckled edges. Oval frontis portraits of Walton & Cotton; abundantly illustrated in black & white by Edmund H. New, all edges gilt; 454pp. plus Angler's Calendar & ads. Spine ends wearing, corners rubbed, edges toned, internally clean, tight & sound; very good, issued with no dust jacket.

First published in 1653, Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler celebrates the art and spirit of fishing in prose and verse. Walton infused his work with anecdotes and commentaries on catching and preparing everything from carp to trout, chub to pike. This Crown Library edition reprint of the 5th edition (the last to receive Walton's own revision) has been carefully collated. The text, for the most part, has been modernized. Edited by Richard Le Gallienne and illustrated by Edmund H. New. The Compleat Angler is as fresh and relevant today as it was two and a half centuries ago. It continues to be "must" reading for every new generation of fishermen (and fisher women!) who have ever picked up a pole, line and lure to set forth on one of human kind's oldest pastimes -- fishing.
Unfortunately, this one is leaving the country, but will be happy in its new home of Forresforjeden, Norway.

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