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THE COMPLEAT ANGLER or The Contemplative Man's Recreation. The Lea and Dove Edition, Being the 100th Edition
London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1888.. Being a discourse of rivers fish-ponds fish and fishing by Izaak Walton and Instructions how to angle for a trout or grayling in a clear stream by Charles Cotton. Containing a reprint of The Chronicle of the Compleat Angler by T. Westwood and T. Satchell (bibliography of editions and imitations). 2 volumes, complete set, 1888, EDITION LIMITED TO 500 NUMBERED COPIES SIGNED BY R. B. MARSTON, OF WHICH THIS IS No. 187, 4to, approximately 295 x 225 mm, 11½ x 8¾ inches, portrait frontispiece of Izaak Walton to Volume I, another of Charles Cotton to Volume II, title pages printed red and black, 27 full page photogravures of views on the Lea by P. H. Emerson, 25 of views on the Dove, Wye etc. by George Bankart, all with captioned tissue guards, plus 103 woodcuts in the text, pages: c, (20), 118; 119-357 including index, bound in original publisher's half green morocco over dark green cloth sides with gilt monogram to upper cover, raised bands and gilt lettering to spine, top edges gilt, the others untrimmed, marbled endpapers. Spines darkened and rubbed, small scrapes to some corners, 2 very small scrapes to top of spine on both volumes, tiny crack at top of upper hinge on Volume II, slight rubbing to some raised bands, minute nick to cloth on fore-edge of Volume I, a few minor marks to cloth, free endpapers, half-title and reverse of frontispieces faintly foxed, edges of frontispieces and edges of most plates lightly browned or lightly foxed, a couple of tiny very faint fox spots on 2 images, occasionally a little faint foxing to pages next to plates, some untrimmed page edges slightly dusty, otherwise contents clean and bright, bindings tight and firm. A good set. This is the 100th edition, the first illustrated by the photographs of P. H. Emerson. Born in Cuba, Peter Henry Emerson (1856-1936) spent his early childhood in America, coming to England for his education. He became a doctor in England but gave up this career in order to devote himself to writing and photography, having been an amateur since 1882. In reaction against the stagnant artificialities of conventional salon photography, Emerson founded the 'school' of naturalistic photography. He published seven photographically illustrated books of landscapes in limited editions with platinotypes or photo-etchings. (See Gernsheim, History of Photography, pages 456-60). 'Emerson stressed the importance of natural settings and spontaneous poses, and opposed artificial studio setups or excessively contrived combination prints. He also advocated focusing sharply on the central object in a scene, with the other planes of the picture slightly out of focus... In 1885 Emerson exploded onto the photographic scene. With his pictures on display and winning prizes everywhere, he avidly engaged in writing, lecturing, and publishing to support and explain his theories, showing a talent for virulent diatribe against the opposition.'. (See Witkin and London, The Photograph Collector's Guide p. 130). HEAVY BOOKS WHICH WILL REQUIRE EXTRA POSTAGE. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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