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Walton, Izaak & Charles Cotton; Harris Nicolas, ed.
The complete angler or the contemplative man's recreation being a discourse of rivers fish-ponds fish and fishing ... and instructions on how to angle for a trout or grayling in a clear stream ... with original memoirs and notes.
London: William Pickering (pr. by C. Whittingham), 1836. Large 8vo (27.3 cm, 10.75"). 2 vols. I: [16], clxiv, [4], [clxv]-ccxii, [2], 129, [1] pp.; 29 plts., illus. II: [4], [131]–436, [32 (index)] pp.; 38 plts., illus. First edition edited by Sir Harris Nicolas, and => the most lavish of all of Pickering's editions of this beloved treatise on fishing. In addition to the expected steel-engraved plates and in-text illustrations, this copy features => an extra set of proof plates printed on India paper, mounted on heavy paper, and bound in for all illustrations including the headpiece decorations, for => a total of 67 plates. Horne summed the work up as having been "illustrated by the foremost contemporary artists, produced by an excellent printer and issued by an outstanding publisher" — and it appears here in a binding that does justice to those qualities.    Binding: Signed 20th-century dark green straight-grain morocco, covers framed in quadruple gilt fillets with gilt fish motifs in corners, spines similarly decorated, board edges with gilt fillets, turn-ins with gilt fillets and roll. All edges gilt; green marbled endpapers. Bindings done by Joseph William Zaehnsdorf, with his stamp (dated 1914) on lower front turn-ins.    Provenance: Front pastedowns each with small silver "TJS" monogram label (unidentified); most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.         Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 94; Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1836.17; Ing, Charles Whittingham, 13; Horne, The C … [Click Below for Full Description]
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