The Sporting & Wildlife Sale | 24 April 2013
Westwood (Thomas) - The Chronicle of The 'Compleat Angler' of Izaac Walton and Charles Cotton.
Sold for £260
The Chronicle of The 'Compleat Angler' of Izaac Walton and Charles Cotton.
Being a Bibliographical Record of its Various Phases and Mutations, first edition, one of 25 large paper copies, signed and inscribed by the author "To the Rev. M.G.Watkins with cordial greeting from his brother Piscator…1882" on front free endpaper and with accompanying A.L.s. tipped in at beginning, half-title, title in red and black, decorative initials hand-coloured in red, interleaved and with a few notes or cuttings pasted in, light spotting, contemporary roan-backed boards, spine titled in gilt, a little rubbed, boards slightly worn at edges, [Thacher p.569; Westwood & Satchell p.239], 4to, Willis and Sotheran, 1864.
⁂ Thomas Westwood (1814-88) was the author, with Thomas Satchell, of the highly regarded Bibliotheca Piscatoria ; he moved to Belgium in 1844 to work for a railway company and spent most of his life enjoying his leisure collecting a fine angling library. There was also a trade edition of this work, which was the first of the Compleat Angler bibliographies describing 53 editions. In his letter Westwood describes his library (although his fishing library was already sold by then, offered for sale in 1873 in New York by J.W. Boulton but bought en bloc by the New York Public Library.): "In one of the bookcases…is Van Voorst's series of natural history (not one wanting) with White's Selborne, Jeffreys…Sowerby's botany…Ruskin…Dibdin…& I declare, amongst the folios, the 'Nuremberg Chronicle'…".
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