An Extensive Library of Waltoniana, the
Product of More than Three Decades of Collecting
A COLLECTION OF 180 COPIES OF THE COMPLETE ANGLER, REPRESENTING 162 EDITIONS (with additional related works).(1655-2003). mm (). Various sizes. 218 volumes in all..
Put together with discrimination and care over a period of more than 30 years, the present collection contains the vast majority of "Compleat Angler" printings--including all but two of the 16 editions issued before 1800--along with other Waltoniana. First published in 1653, Walton's "Compleat Angler" is the classic work on the art of angling, infused with wise fish lore, written by an indomitable angler who knew every haunt of fresh water fish in the south of England. But, as Day says, "the love of angling is only the outward sign of a gentle inward grace, the soul of a thoroughly good man who loves peace and quiet meditation. If any one man created the idyll of the English countryside, it was Walton. The modern reader may shake his head at Walton's complete absence of 'social consciousness' and the perplexing conundrums of men and life; but the headshaking is ultimately stilled by the na´ve genius who evokes with all the charm of an old woodcut an England of sweet streams, smiling fields, cheery taverns, and unshakable faith in God and His wonderful world." All of the important printings are in this collection, including multiple issues of the Hawkins, Bagster, Major, Tegg, Pickering, Bethune, Jessie, and Davies editions, as well as many more--everything from the second edition of 1655 to the 456th of 1986. There are rare translations (e.g., the sought-after 1859 first printing in German), illustrated versions (the limited Rackham edition of 1931), copies in fine bindings (by Gosden, Hayday, Zaehnsdorf, and others), and hard-to-find reprints in hard cover and paperback through the 21st century. There are some 18 editions here where a second copy represents an important variant like a Large Paper format. Provenance is important in a number of cases, as there are volumes once belonging to Oliver, Coigney, Dean Sage, and others whose names lend association value. Also present are non-"Angler" titles written by Walton, chief of which is a group of 11 printings of his famous "Lives." Perhaps the most interesting book here that is about Walton is the owner's personal copy of Coigney's bibliography, annotated to reflect this collection. Other items of Waltoniana include biographies, library or auction catalogues, scholarly analyses, works inspired by the "Angler," and a book of poems by Charles Cotton, whose contribution to the text of the 1676 edition brought the work to its full generally recognized form. The entire library is in excellent to fine condition, a reflection of the judiciousness of the collector. (A detailed list of the collection is available upon request.). (CTR1101)