ARTHUR RACKHAM’S COMPLEAT ANGLER, SIGNED LIMITED EDITION—A STUNNING COPY
(RACKHAM, Arthur) WALTON, Izaak. The Compleat Angler. London: George C. Harrap, (1931). Quarto, original full vellum gilt, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut and unopened; original slipcase.
Deluxe signed limited edition, number 76 of 775 copies signed by Rackham, with 12 full-page color plates and 25 in-text line cuts. An exceptional, unopened copy in fine condition.
Though intended in part as a practical guide for fishermen, the lasting influence of The Compleat Angler stems from its qualities as a work of literature: it is arguably the best long prose-pastoral in English. This edition is based on the Richard La Gallienne edition of 1897, which, in turn, relies on the text of the fifth edition of 1676, the last to be revised by Walton himself. It is the first to be illustrated by Arthur Rackham, whose “fanciful imagination gave his illustrations instant recognition, and his dedication to illustration kept him in the public eye for 30 years” (Hodnett, 233). Oliver 275. Coigney 312. Latimore & Haskell, 66. Riall, 175. Bookplate.
Book fine. Slipcase with expert restoration.