Bloomsbury: The Nonesuch Press, 1929. 8vo. Limited edition (1600 copies of which 500 were for Random House in North America). #1452. Flexibly sewn and bound in full natural morocco. 'I. W.' within oval frame on front cover and 'The Compleat Walton' on the spine, both gilt. All edges untrimmed, top edge gilt 'on the rough'. Marbled endpapers. Printed in Monotype Poliphilus by R. & R. Clark Ltd on Pannekoek mould-made paper. In a marbled paper covered slipcase to match the endpapers, derived from a paper in the library of Geoffrey Keynes, as issued. 10 drawings of fish and a lead weight by Thomas Poulton printed from line blocks, the fish colour stencilled at the Curwen Press; two seals of Donne redrawn by Poulton and printed in red. 6 engravings by Charles Sigrist (portraits of Walton, Donne, Wotton, Hooker, Herbert and Sanderson) printed from the copper by A. Alexander and Son. Small loss to leather on back board (see image). Slipcase a bit dulled. Near fine in near fine slipcase. Item #5870
"Walton's writings have never before been collected under one cover. The 'Angler' and the 'Lives' have always been dressed up separately so as to make their appeal to entirely different classes of readers, and Walton's full achievement has never been allowed to appear." (Geoffrey Keynes). It includes the 'Compleat Angler' from the edition of 1668, with the variants of 1676 as an appendix. Keynes supplied a Life of Walton and bibliographic notes. A lovely copy.
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