[Bewick, Thomas; Cruikshank, George; and others (illustrations)]; Walton, Izaak; Cotton, Charles; Jesse, Edward (editor); Bohn, Henry G. (notes and appendix)
Title THE COMPLETE ANGLER OR THE CONTEMPLATIVE MAN'S RECREATION of IZAAK WALTON AND CHARLES COTTON. with lives of the authors, and variorum notes, historical and practical; to which are added papers on fishing-tackle, fishing stations, etc.
Binding Half morocco
Book Condition Very good
Publisher London Henry G. Bohn 1856
Seller ID 1402
8vo (5” x 7½”). pp. 496. First Jesse edition. Half maroon morocco over marbled boards with gilt double rules at each seam. Spine has 5 raised bands, each defined with a double rule on either side and pointillé work on the top of each band; compartments contain titles and fishing themed decorations. Marbled endpapers, t.e.g. Frontis. of portrait of Walton engraved by Robinson after Housman; Frontis. portrait of Cotton after Lely and illustrated title page for Cotton 's 1676 The Complete Angler: part II (p. 339). Includes 26 steel-engraved plates by various artists and engravers of the period as well as 203 in-text wood-engravings (seven by Thomas Bewick and two by George Cruikshank). The Compleat Angler; or, the Contemplative Man’s Recreation, is a pastoral discourse on the joys of fishing enlivened by more than 40 songs and poems, country folklore, recipes, anecdotes, moral meditations, quotes from the Bible and from classic literature, and lore about fishing and waterways (Britannica.com). Walton first published it in 1653, and then released a larger edition 1655. The final edition supervised by Walton was published in 1676, and included additional material by Charles Cotton. The Compleat Angler is one of the three most published books in English literature (the other two are the Bible and the Complete Works of Shakespeare), and has run to more than 300 editions. (Herd, 2017). The Jesse edition was an important and popular edition of the Compleat Angler that incorporates textual engravings throughout, as well as an illustrated appendix of rods, lines, hooks and other tackle and notes on the best places to fish in England. It spawned (so to speak) 27 further English editions printed between 1856 and 1903. Edward Jesse was a naturalist and angler active in the Walton and Cotton Club. This edition includes 7 illustrations by Thomas Bewick, and two by George Cruikshank. A very good copy. Wood 86; Starkman and Read 111; Westwood and Satchell, Bibliotheca Piscatoria 232; Herd in Foottit, 217.