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The Complete Angler - by Izaak Walton and-Charles Cotton-With Original Memoirs and Notes by Sir Harris Nicolas
London: William Pickering, 1836. First Nicolas Edition, Large-Paper copy, with illustrations on India paper. 4 vols., 4to (10 7/8 x 7 1/2 in.). Engraved title-page, 48 engraved plates, two pages of music and two woodcuts of the Walton seal, 9 head- pieces, and 2 portraits of Walton. Full crimson crushed red morocco gilt, marbled endpapers, wide gilt dentelles utilizing a border of sporting medallions and blue morocco onlaid cornerpieces with the Walton-Cotton cipher; neatly rebacked preserving the original spines. Some minor traces of rubbing. A fine set. Coigney 44; Oliver 41; Keynes, p. 94 . One of the finest illustrated editions of Walton ever published. For it, Pickering used 27 of the most prominent artist, painters, and engravers to illustrate it. It has always been, as Coigney notes, the "favorite of the extra-illustrator" - but this set stands head and shoulders above others we have seen. It is EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with the addition of 613 inserted plates relating to Walton & Cotton's Angler, including hundreds of fine engravings, etchings, woodcuts, and even original drawings. Many of the illustrations are proof or early and rare impressions of the plates, many on India paper, and include portraits of statesmen, artists, authors, and contemporaries of Walton and Cotton, as well as superb views, by Hollar, Stothard, Hogg, Scott, Sanders, Howitt, Audinet, Vertue, Greig, et. al. - indeed, the list of artists and engravers is a virtual pantheon of book illustration in Great Britain. In addition, each volume contains a printed Index of the extra-illustrations. To mention only a few, highlights include: CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, engraved by Hollar; JOHN DONNE, engraved by Duncan (India proof); WALTON'S HOUSE in Fleet Street, by Giller (proof); TOWER OF LONDON, by Hollar; LONDON BEFORE AND AFTER THE GREAT FIRE, by Hollar; PORTRAIT OF WALTON by Charles Rolls (India proof); PORTRAIT OF ERASMUS engraved by Boulonois after Holbein, and much, much more A list of the subjects illustrated would comprise a veritable encyclopedia and history of the classic sports of Great Britain from the 16th to the 19th centuries: the people, the places, and the times are richly documented in this magnficient homage to the father of angling literature, Izaak Walton
      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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