The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton
Illustrated by Eric Fitch Daglish
Published by Thorton Butterworth Limited in 1927
Custom Full Leather Binding by Sims Bindery, Mamhilad, South Wales
Full Title: The Compleat Angler or The Contemplative Man’s Recreation
Binding Details: Beautiful full leather binding by the Sims Bindery of full calf leather with raised bands to the spine with twin red and green leather labels with gilt titles and elaborate decorative giltwork including central floral motifs. The front and rear covers are gilt ruled with stunning blind tooling. There are hand-marbled endpapers and hand-sewn silk endbands. Laid into the book is a signed card from Andrew Sims stating that the book was bound by the Sims Bindery.
Book Details: First published in 1653, The Compleat Angler is among the most often reprinted books in English literature. As Jeff Silverman in his review of the book wrote, “For a book to stay in print for nearly 350 years, its merits must continually entice and satisfy. The Compleat Angler qualifies on both counts. On the most obvious level, it remains as good a primer on fishing as any angler would want. But its most enduring distinction is hinted at in the subtitle--"the Contemplative Man's Recreation." Izaak Walton's sometimes convoluted 17th-century grammar can still reel in our imaginations with his graceful evocations of a life free from hurly-burly in the company of friends intent on physical and moral sustenance. "He that hopes to be a good Angler must not only bring an inquiring, searching, observing wit," suggests the master, "but he must bring a large measure of hope and patience.... Doubt not but Angling will prove to be so pleasant, that it will prove to be like a virtue, a reward to itself." Just like Walton's magnificent literary catch.”
This 1927 edition is a reprint of the 1889 John Major’s edition and features 16 full page illustrations by Eric Fitch Daglish each with a captioned tissue guard.
The book measures 10.25” x 8 with 367 pages as well as John Major’s introductory essay, Walton’s introduction, and an index.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition. Internally, the book is clean with some age toning to the half-title page. There are no bookplates or signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses a wonderfully illustrated edition of one of the most enduring pieces of literature ever written.
Photographs of the binding, endpapers, and binder’s card appear in the photo section of the listing.