WALTON, Izaak (1593-1683), & Charles COTTON (1630-1687). The Complete Angler or contemplative man's recreation being a discourse of rivers fish-ponds fish and fishing written by... Walton and instructions how to angle for a trout or grayling in a clear stream by.. Cotton With original memoirs and notes by Sir Harris Nicolas. London: Charles Whittingham for William Pickering, 1836.
2 volumes extended to 12, large 2° (520 x 372mm). 4° text inlaid to size, 12 specially printed additional letterpress volume titles in red and black to size, otherwise text and plates mounted to size throughout. Engraved portraits, frontispiece and plates after Stothard, Inskipp and others, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with approximately 1400 portraits, views, plates, original watercolours, autograph letters, printed pamphlets and broadsides. Near-contemporary brown morocco gilt, covers panelled in gilt, spines in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second, third and fourth compartments, the others panelled, gilt, turn-ins, gilt edges (light scuffing to extrremities, the foot of the spine of the first volume with old damp damage).
AN EXCEPTIONAL AND EXTRAORDINARY COMPILATION, assembled by A.A.W[eston] between 1864 and 1868. Based on what Westwood and Satchell call 'One of the handsomest publications of modern times', the work has been extended in both size and format to include about 43 original watercolour or wash drawings, 21 autograph items, 128 sporting prints, 100 fish plates (31 coloured), 15 coloured bird plates, 351 portraits, 462 views, 310 general prints and 8 pamphlets or broadsides.
Some of the highlights are:
vol.I: 1). [ANON]. Original pencil and watercolour sketch (135 x 180mm), titled in pencil 'St. Paul's Covent Garden after the fire'.
2). William LAUD. The Archbishop of Canterbury's or his funerall speech, preacht by himself on the scaffold.. London: 1644, 4°, 9ll [Wing L-599]
3). [ANON.] The Downfall of Greatnesse. For the losse of Goodnesse. A poem: or, a short survey of Thomas Lord Wentworth, Late Earle of Strafford. [London:] 1641, 4°, 4ll. [Wing D-2086]
4). John GRENVILLE (1st Earl of Bath, 1628-1701). Document signed, [?1688], concerning expenditure on St. James' Park from Midsummer 1687 to Midsummer 1688.
5). William BRADSHAW. Bradshaw's Ghost: being a dialogue.. third edition. [?London:] 1659, 4°, 10ll [Wing B-4165].
vol.II: 6). [ANON]. Original oil-sketch on paper of a Perch, (225 x 335mm), varnished.
7). [ANON]. Original pen, wash and watercolour study of a washer-woman, (223 x 115mm)
8). Marcus Willemsz DOORNICK (publisher). Afbbelding van de Stadt London.. Delineation of the Citie of London, Shewing how far the said citie is burnt down, and what places doe yet remain standing. Amsterdam: Doornick, 1666. Broadsheet (500 x 542mm). Engraved map above text in Dutch, French and English. (Close-shaved). [Wing A-747A].
9). Paul SANDBY. Windsor from Datchet Lane, hand-coloured etched view, (180 x 255mm), (shaved into image).
vol.III: 10). ?Thomas ROWLANDSON (1756-1827). Original pen, ink and watercolour sketch of a fishing party in a punt on a lake in a cultivated landscape (210 x 275mm).
11). William WORDWORTH. ALS, undated, 3pp., addressed to Samuel Rogers. 12). Humphrey DAVY. ALS, August 15 1802, 4pp. with integral address panel, to S. Purkis.
13). J.C. LAVATER. Autograph document, dated December 19 1795, 1p.
14). Frances, Duchess of PORTLAND. Document signed, September 10 1683, 1p.
15). [ANON.] Original brown and blue wash sketch of a pictureque bridge over a stream through a wood (85 x 120mm).
vol.IV: 16). REMBRANDT van Riijn. Nude man seated on the ground with one leg extended, second state of two [Bartsch 196]; A peasant in a cap, standing leaning on a stick [Bartsch 133], both mounted on a single sheet.
17). S.T. COLERIDGE. ALS, February 17 1803, 4pp. with integral address panel, to Samuel Purkis.
18). [ANON.] The South prospect of the City of New York, in North America. London: London Magazine, 1762. Engraved view (165 x 519mm). (Mounted).
19). J.J. FELSECKERN (publisher). Umstandliche Beschreibung dess in Irland zwischen König Wilhelm und König Jacob. Nuremburg: Felseckern, [circa 1690]. Broadsheet (425 x 320mm). Letterpress with two large integral engraved illustrations.
vol.V: 20). J. SIMON after AMICONI. Element of Air; ...of Earth; ...of Water, three mezzotints (close-shaved to plate-mark).
21). F.E. ADAMS after RAOUX. Air L'Air, London: for John Bowles, [n.d.], mezzotint (close-shaved to plate-mark).
22). Thomas LORD. Thirteen plates from Lord's Entire new System of Ornithology, London: 1791-1794, various sizes, hand-coloured ornithological plates (9 in vol.V, 4 in vol.VI).
23). Samuel HOWITT (1765?-1822). Three original brown ink and wash drawings of hunting scenes, (approx. 130 x 180mm), each within a ruled ink border and signed 'Howitt'
24). ?Samuel HOWITT. Four original black ink, and black and blue wash drawings of hunting scenes, (approx. 95 x 155mm), unsigned.
25). General George MONCK. Document signed, dated 29 April 1660, 1p.
vol.VI: 26). REMBRANDT van Rijn. A late impression of Joseph telling his dreams [Bartsch 37]; Three heads of Women, one asleep [Bartsch 368], both mounted on a single sheet.
27). W.E. Two sheets of original pen, ink and wash drawings of sea creatures (113 x 182mm and smaller), initialled.
28) ?After Samuel HOWITT. Twelve original watercolour drawings of fishing (11) and otter-hunting, (approx. 165 x 105mm), signed 'Howitt', (3 in vol.VI; 4 in vol.VII; 1 in vol.VIII; 2 in vol.IX; 2 in vol XII).
vol.VII: 29). J.S. ALLPENNY. Original ink and wash drawing of two fishermen and two spectators, (187 x 137mm), titled 'Wandle Wandsworth June 1850'.
30). George FOX, the younger. A Noble Salutation, and a faithful greeting unto thee Charles Stuart.. London: Giles Calvert, 1660, 4°, 12pp [Wing F-2007].
31). J. YOUNG after William WHITBY. The Gypsy. London: W. Whitby, 1788. Mezzotint, (360 x 265mm), (close-shaved).
vol.VIII: 32). [ANON.] Original watercolour, (310 x 460mm), of an anglers catch (three Perch, a Pike and a Tench) on a river bank.
33). C. WILDEBERH & John RUDDIARD (printers). An Exact and True Relation of The Landing of Her Majestie at Portsmouth.. London: 1662. Broadside (296 x 522mm). (Torn and repaired.) Wing E-360 (rare, Wing lists only one copy, in the BL).
34). [French School, 18th-century]. Original brown ink, wash and red chalk view of Rome, (155 x 290mm), titled 'S. Petri in Vincula'.
vol.IX: 35). Joh. Valentin SCHELLERN (printer). Ausführliche Erzehlung... Relation de la royale enterprise de Jacques II.. Frankfurt: Schellern, 1696. Broadside (415 x 325mm), text in German and French below a large integral engraved view.
36). Theobalds Park. - a small collection of three manuscript documents, 1621-1649, concerning Theobalds Park.
vol.X: 37). [ANON.] Original pencil and watercolour view, (323 x 170mm), of ?Putney, with Fulham Bridge.
38). ?S.H. GARRISON. Original watercolour view, (150 x 200mm), titled 'the birdcage walk in the Park before the alteration', signed 'S.H. Garrison fecit 1774'.
vol.XI: 39). [ANON.] Original pen, ink and watercolour view, (325 x 255mm), of Hereford Cathedral, faintly inscribed and dated on verso.
vol.XII: 40). Cornelius DUSART. Les XII Mois de l'Anneé. Amsterdam: J. Gole, [no date]. Mezzotint title and 12 plates (approx. 220 x 155mm). (Close-shaved to plate mark.)
41). John BADDELEY (publisher). Just published... London Angler's Book, or, Waltonian Companion.., London: . Publisher's advertising broadsheet, (430 x 265mm), with integral engraved illustration. (12)