The Complete Angler, or Contemplative Man's Recreation; being a Discourse on Rivers, Fish-Ponds, Fish and Fishing: in two parts; The first written by Isaac Walton, the Second by Charles Cotton. With the Lives of the Authors and Notes Historical, Critical, and Explanatory. By Sir John Hawkins.

London. Printed for F. and C. Rivington. 1792. 1792. Hardcover. 12mo. 17.3cm, the 5th edition, with appendix, 2 volumes in One, lxxxii,267,[iv] & xxiv,111,[x]p., with engraved frontis portrait and engraved plate, 10 engraved plates (2 of music), 21 engraved text illustrations (inc. 1 full page; repaired), 2nd title page with engraved vignette initials, slight internal damp staining at the bottom edge, in contemporary dark brown calf boards, expertly rebacked, gilt ruled raised bands, full elaborate blind decorations in the panels, with the original red leather spine label and with a contemporary owner name on crushed crimson morocco label on the upper cover, an attractive copy (cgc) - First published in 1653; the fifth edition, expanded from 13 chapters to 21 in 1676, also contained a treatise by Charles Cotton. The description of fishes, of English rivers, of fishponds, and of rod and line is interspersed with scarps of dialogue, moral reflections, quaint old verse, songs and sayings, and idyllic glimpses of country life. The anonymous, "Arte of Angling" (1577),discovered in 1957, has been found to be one of Walton's chief sources. A angling classic. Fine. Item #25578

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