London: Sampson Low, Marston [etc, 1888.
The Lea and Dove (First Marston) Edition. No. 78 of 250 copies of the Royal Quarto Edition De Luxe, signed by R.B. Marston. Illustrated with 54 plates (portraits of Walton and Cotton, 52 photogravures by Peter Henry Emerson and George Bankhart), three maps, and 85 woodcuts. 2 vols. Royal 4to. With Emerson Photogravures. Contemporary full green morocco gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endsheets. One corner faintly bumped. Fine. A beautiful set Westwood & Satchell Supplement, p. 255; Coigney 139; Horne 136; Olivier 125; not in Turner & Wood, P. H. Emerson (1974). Item #324316
One of the most celebrated of photographically illustrated books, the “so-called 100th edition is a reissue of the first two parts of the fifth-edition of 1676, with the addition of a reprint of the 1883 edition of The Chronicle of the Complete Angler by Westwood and Satchell, and a list of Works referred to in The Compleat Angler after G.W. Bethune.” (Coigney p.125).
Of the plates from photographs, 27 are by Emerson and the remainder by Bankhart. Emerson, the father of “naturalist photography,” published his treatise by that title the following year, in which he advised photographers to imitate the effects of nature on the eye. Influenced by the Barbizon painters, he urged photographers to see the works of these and other “impressionists” then on view in London.
As Coigney notes, “In recent years P.H. Emerson works have been in great demand by photography collectors, so many copies of this edition are in photographic collections and unfortunately many volumes have been destroyed by the extraction of Emerson's photogravures.” All are present here in their breathtaking glory, as are all the rest of the illustrations.
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