WALTON, Izaak & COTTON, Charles.

The Complete Angler. Or the Contemplative Man's Recreation, being a Discourse of Rivers, Fish-ponds, Fish and Fishing Writers... and Instructions how to Angle for a Trout or Grayling in a Clear Stream... with Original Memoirs and Notes by Sir Harris Nicholas.

Published: London: William Pickering

Date: 1836

Two volumes. Small 4to. (xvi), ccxii, (ii), 129, (1); (iv), (131)-436, (32) pp. Fine contemporary green full morocco by Hayday, spines with raised bands, gilt lettered direct to three panels, gilt vignettes to two and ciphered gilt initials to another, the boards with ornate twin gilt borders and central gilt vignettes, gilt inner dentelles, all edges gilt, near contemporary gift inscription to William Ewart Gold from his father dated 1847 on the front flyleaf of volume I, a note on blue letter paper addressed the books to him on the occasion of his 21st birthday signed "E.G.". 14 plates, including 4 portraits and 2 facsimile titles, plus 47 engravings and headpieces in the text. Occasional foxing, very mild fading to the spines, a delightful set overall.

Coigney, 44. The first edition edited by Nicholas. “Pickering used 27 of the most prominent artists, painters and engravers of the time...”, including Thomas Stothard and James Inskipp.


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