The Complete Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation: Being a Discourse of Rivers, Fish-Ponds, Fish and Fishing...and Instructions How to Angle for a Trout or Grayling in a Clear Stream, by Charles Cotton.

London: Pickering, 1836. hardcover. With Original memoirs and Notes by Sir Harris Nicolas. 2 volumes with rubricated titles. Beautifully illustrated with 61 engraved plates by various artists, printed on India paper and mounted within the text or as a full-page plate. [16], ccxii, [2], 129; [2], 131-436, [32]pp printed on thick paper. Imperial 8vos, handsomely bound in 19th century full green crushed morocco with ornate gilt-stamped floral covers and spine; marbled endpapers, a.e.g. (joints cracked and mended in both volumes; two pages in second volume have light discoloration from old paper laid-in, otherwise tight and clean). London: William Pickering, 1836. First Nicolas edition. Very good (+). very good(+).

Considered to be one of the most beautiful editions of this classic title. The plates are engraved after works by Stothard, Inskipp, Sykes and many other prominent artists chosen by Pickering. "It has been the occasion for much extravagant admiration. The author of the Grollier Club check-list is moved to the extent that 'no finer edition of the Complete Angler will ever be published.' the illustrations have been admired and frequently copied." --Oliver 41; HBS 12305.

Price: $1,750.00

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