Walton, Izaak, Cotton, Charles, The Compleat Angler. New York/London: John Lane, 1897. Hand-bound in green leather with gilt tooling and custom slipcase.
The Complete Angler was first published in 1653 by Richard Marriot of St Dunstan-in-the-West out of London, UK. Walton continued to add to the original book for a quarter of a century. The book was written in celebration of the art and spirit of fishing in the form of prose and verse. It features clear illustrations throughout.
This edition is a reprint of the 1676 fifth edition with modernized spelling and completely new setting. Published in 1897, this copy features editing and introduction by Richard le Galliene. The volume is further illustrated by Edmund N. New.
Overall very good condition considering age and use. The work has been fully hand-bound in green Moroccan leather. It features raised bands and elaborate gilt hand-tooling on the spine with fish motifs as well as title, author and date information. The front and back boards feature a decorative gilt border. The front board includes a gilt one-off design that mimics the original book's front board design. The book is presented in a custom cloth slipcase with the original gilt front board art pasted to one side.