2 WALTON / COTTON / The complete angler 106


Description: The classic manual for anglers

WALTON, Izaak & Charles COTTON.
The complete angler. To which are added, an introductory essay; the linnaean arrangement of the various river fish delineated in the work.
Second edition. London, John Major, 1824. 2 parts in 1 vol. 8vo Contemporary gilt and blindstamped full calf, gilt and deocrated spine with two red morocco title labes lettered in gold, marbled endpapers and edges. Part I: Frontispiece engraved portrait of I. Walton after H. Slous, printed title-page, 10 full-page engraved plates, numerous illustrations in text. Part II: Frontispiece engraved portrait of C. Cotton after H. Corbould, printed title-page, 3 full-page engraved plates, numerous illustrations in text. LVIII, 1-262; 263-416 pp.

Second Major-edition of this classic manual for anglers. The first part, the book by Izaak Walton (1593-1683), became very popular and is now a classic in its field. It is partly written in dialogues between a fisherman and a passer-by, and it gives advice on all issues of angling as a gentlemen's recreation at the beginning of the 17th century. It also includes an angler's song with musical scores for two voices printed on facing pages, the scores for the bass printed upside down so the book could be used by two singers facing each other. It was first published in 1653.
The second part is written by the English poet Charles Cotton (1630-1687), who was Walton's adopted son. His friendship with Izaak Walton began about 1655. Cotton contributed this second section, Instructions how to angle for a trout or grayling in a clear stream to Walton's The Compleat angler. The additions consist of twelve chapters on fishing in clear water, which he understood largely but not exclusively to be flyfishing.

Good copy.- (Endpapers loose; occ. foxing to plates).
  • Number: 1060661 (A43ANBWZQS0D)
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