'The Compleat Angler' is possibly the most famous book ever published in the literature of sport. Its unique celebration of the English countryside has enchanted readers around the world since it first appeared in 1653. Izaak Walton issued the final version of his beloved book in 1676... 'The Compleat Angler' is both a manual of instruction and a vision of society in harmony with nature. It guides the novice fisherman on how to catch and cook a variety of fish, on how to select and prepare the best bait and make artificial flies, and on the habits of freshwater fish. It promotes angling as a communal activity in which the bonds of friendship are forged through shared experience of the natural world. Walton lived through turbulent times, and found in nature the best salve for national tragedy and personal sorrow.
Izaak Walton (1593 –1683) was an English writer, and is best known as the author of 'The Compleat Angler'. He also wrote a number of short biographies that have been collected under the title of 'Walton's Lives'.
Arthur Rackham (1867–1939) was an English book illustrator and a leading literary figure of the 'Golden Age' of British book illustration. His work robust pen and ink drawings were combined with the use of watercolour, and some of his best-known works include the illustrations for "Rip Van Winkle", "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens", and "Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm".
Our book is in good condition, with the original dust jacket (clipped) which shows some wear (general fraying at edges, some frank loss at foot of spine, a few tears, and a hole in the spine (see photo). The book itself shows few external signs of age or wear, bound in grey/greenish cloth with gilt illustration, title etc on both the front and the spine. Corners very slightly bumped; a little shelf wear to top & tail of spine. Page tops gilt. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages; all pages clean and bright. Illustrated grey endpapers. Neat gift inscription on reverse of front fep. All 12 colour illustrations protected by tissue guards. Many other B/W illustrations in the text. Light browning to unjacketed part of feps. Text is from 5th edition of 1676.