Item #259941 The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation ... The third edition much enlarged. Izaac Walton.

The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation ... The third edition much enlarged.

London: Printed by J.G., for Rich. Marriot, 1661.

Third edition. First 8 words of title are engraved within a cartouche of dolphins and fish, 10 small copperplate engravings of fish in text, 2 pages (214-215, P3v-P4r) of words and music for "The Angler's Song," the bass voice printed upside down, 3 woodcut initials and head and tail ornaments. Pp. [16], 1-255, [256, blank], [16]. 1 vols. Small 8vo (140 x 88 mm). Old calf, spine gilt with red morocco label, edges stained red. Joints tender, old staining along foot of upper board. Trimmed close, affecting a few catchwords and headline. Fresh, attractive copy. Bookplates. Folding calf-back clamshell box Coigney 3; Horne 3; Oliver 3; Wing W-663; Grolier Wither to Prior 949. Item #259941

A superior copy of this Walton, first published in 1653. The first four editions - there were five in his lifetime - remained anonymous. This third is a virtual reprint of the second edition, with an interesting alteration, however, to the final remark of Piscator on p. 255:
"And [St. Peter's blessing] upon all that are lovers of Vertue, and all that love to be quiet, and go a fishing. 'Study to be quiet, I Thess. 4.11'".

It is also in the introduction to this edition that Walton first used what became his signature phrase, "I have laid aside business, and gone a-fishing." Along with several small textual changes, the John 21.3 quotation has been removed from the title-page and the "C" of "Complete" in the running headlines are now all similar. "The Lawes of Angling" here are added for the first time, printed in gothic type. The third edition was reissued in 1664, the only difference being in the substituton of a new title-page.

[Bound with:] The Compleat Angler. Being Instructions how to angle for Trout or Grayling in a clear stream. Part II [by Charles COTTON],1676. [6], 104 pp. Wing C-6381

[And with:] VENABLES, Robert. The Experienc'd Angler: or, Angling Improv'd. Being a General Discourse of Angling. London: B.W. for B. Tooke, 1683. 8vo. Engraved title. Fifth edition. Wing V-186.

Cotton's now-famous extension of Walton into the realm of fly-fishing was first published in 1676 (issued separately and as part of the fifth edition of Walton, the ‘Universal Angler’) and has ever thereafter been an integral part of the book. The present copy in a near contemporary binding, joins Cotton's text with Walton and Venables to form a unique variation on the ‘Universal Angler’.

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