The Compleat Angler or The Contemplative Man’s Recreation Being a Discourse of Rivers, Fishponds, Fish and Fishing not unworthy the Perusal of most Anglers
London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1931. Arthur RACKHAM. Leather bound. [SPORT: FISHING]. Arthur RACKHAM, illustrator. First trade edition of Rackham. 4to (9 ¾” x 7 ½”); 223 pp; paneled green calf over board, double gilt fillets on front and rear; gilt ornaments to spine, gilt lettering on 2 leather onlays; all edges gilt; floral gilt dentelles; marbled endpapers; color pictorial front dust jacket panel bound in before fp; vignette of a fish and frog on title page; 12 color plates with tissue guard; b&w illustrations in text and as headpieces; rubbing of front joint with cracking of leather; very good plus. Latimore and Haskell 66. Very good +. Item #1754
This beautifully bound copy of Izaak Walton’s book about the art of fishing and nature will appeal to the fishing sportsman and outdoorsman alike. Izaak Walton (1593-1683) first published The Compleat Angler [original spelling] in 1653, and continued to add to it for over 25 years. It is a work in praise of fishing and nature, including prose, verse, and song.
Wonderful Arthur Rackham illustrations enhance this classic sporting book. Rackham (1867-1939) was a British illustrator known for his exuberant pen and ink artwork.