WALTON Compleat Angler, 1653
Lot 172
WALTON (IZAAK) The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation, Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing
Sold for £60,000 (US$ 96,926) inc. premium

Lot Details
[WALTON (IZAAK)]
The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation, Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing, first edition, engraved vignette on title, 6 engraved vignettes of fish, 2 pages of music, without final blank R4, approximately 12 leaves shaved touching headlines or sidenotes, 3 margin repairs, C2 repaired at fore-edge affecting several letters, F4 torn without loss, modern green morocco by Leighton, preserved in cloth chemise within half morocco book box [Westwood & Satchell, p.217; Coigney 1; Horne 1; Oliver 1; Pforzheimer 1048; Wing W661], 8vo, Richard Marriott, 1653

Footnotes

  • "A FIRST Walton confers distinction upon its owner... Copies rarely reach the auction room" (Westwood & Satchell). There are various typesetting errors in the first edition, although corrected and uncorrected sheets seem to have been issued indiscriminately, with little significance to the priority of issue. The present copy is the so-called "contentment" issue (with the error corrected from "contention"), has the trout vignette at the foot of F4r, and the bass voice of Henry Lawes' "Angler's Song" (p.217) printed the right way up, rather than upside down as in some copies (for two singers to stand opposite each other sharing the score). The second edition was heavily revised and expanded by more than one third, "which gives to [the first] edition an importance other than that due [to] its priority" (Pforzheimer).
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