22 May 2001
Property from the Estate of William John Upjohn
WALTON, Izaak (1593-1683). The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing, not unworthy the perusal of most Anglers. London: T. Maxey for Rich. Marriot, 1653.
8o (141 x 91 mm). First 8 words of title engraved within a cartouche of dolphins and fish, 6 engravings of fish in text, possibly by Pierre Lombart, that of the trout at the bottom of F4r (p. "81") with caption, two woodcut initials, 2 pages (217-218, P4v-P5r) of words and music for "The Angler's Song" by Henry Lawes, the bass voice printed upside down to permit the two singers to share the book while facing each other. (Fore-margin of title slightly chipped and stained, a few small marginal stains, lacking final blank.) Contemporary blind-panelled calf (worn, discreetly rebacked preserving original backstrip); modern folding morocco case with built-in silk chemise. Provenance: faded and illegible early inscription on title; early manuscript corrections to a few of the mispaginations; Richard Darley (18th-century signature and initials on front flyleaves, with date "1796-1653 143 yrs agoe").
FIRST EDITION IN THE ORIGINAL BINDING OF THE CORNERSTONE OF ANGLING LITERATURE. "The text of this charming idyll was greatly expanded in the second and later editions which gives to this edition an importance other than that due its priority" (Pforzheimer). The edition was plagued by compositorial errors, some of which were corrected during printing, with the corrected and uncorrected sheets issued together indiscriminately. This copy has the corrected reading of "contentment" on p. 245, and most of the errors listed by Horne and Oliver.
Coigney 1; Grolier English 31; Grolier Wither to Prior 947; Horne 1; Oliver 1; Pforzheimer 1048; Westwood & Satchell 217; Wing W661.
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