Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler, The Lives of Donne Wotton Hooker Herbert & Sanderson with Love and truth & miscellaneous writings

Bloomsbury: The Nonesuch Press, 1929. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 801 of 1100 copies, octavo size, 642 pp. Very Good. Item #16103001

Izaak Walton's (ca. 1593-1683) "The Compleat Angler", first published in 1653, was a milestone publication on the subject of fishing; often a celebration of fishing - and philosophy - rather than an instruction manual, Walton includes both prose and poetry expressing the joys of fishing, interspersed with details of various fish and how to catch them. Walton continued to add to "The Compleat Angler" throughout the rest of his life, and in addition to fishing, he wrote numerous biographies, collected in "Walton's Lives".

This Nonesuch Press edition contains Walton's biographical writings as well as "The Compleat Angler"; the goal of the Press was to present Walton's diverse writings in a single volume, to convey Walton's talents as a writer unbound by subject matter.

___DESCRIPTION: Full brown leather, initials inside an oval decorative border, all in gilt, on the front board, the spine with five raised bands and gilt lettering, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, leather turn-ins with gilt ruled borders, marbled endpapers, frontispiece a black-and-white illustration of Izaak Walton, black-and-white illustrations of the subjects of the biographies, with tissue guards, a few signatures unopened; monotype Poliphilus, octavo size (8.5" by 5.25"), pagination: [i-iv] v-x 1-631 [632], one of 1100 copies (plus 500 copies printed by Random House), this number 801.

___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some soiling to the front board, spine and top edges are darkened, very light rubbing to the top corners, front joint, and head of the spine, light spots of soiling to the half-title page.

___CITATION: Nonesuch Press Bibliography, no. 61.

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Price: $175.00