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The exhibit is located in the Reading Room at Archives & Special Collections, 363 Hillman Library, Spring - Fall 2017.

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Our current exhibit,   The Compleat Angler:  And Other Meditations on the Art and Philosophy of Fishing, 15th Century to the Present, features literary works that combine sport with the contemplative spirit of angling, published from the 15th century to the present.  The exhibit begins with the 17th century editions of The Compleat Angler written by Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton, with quotations from the 1676 edition woven throughout the exhibit.  We also have on display digitized images of engravings from the 1822 and the 1836 editions.  The exhibit is located in the Reading Room at Archives & Special Collections, 363 Hillman Library, Spring - Fall 2017. 

Also included are 15th century to present-day works of art and angling-related literature with highlighted excerpts by writers that influenced, or were inspired or challenged by The Compleat AnglerOn loan for this exhibit are the 1653 edition of The Compleat Angler from Special Collections at Hunt Library, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, and the 1885 edition of The Secrets of Angling by John Dennys, from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.  The other editions of The Compleat Angler are from the Bernard Horne-Izaak Walton Collection, and the Darlington and Leuba collections, all located in Archives & Special Collections at the University of Pittsburgh.

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The Grayling

Grayling

The Complete AnglerIzaak Walton and Charles Cotton, 1822

Salmo Alpinus

Salmo Alpinus

The Complete AnglerIzaak Walton and Charles Cotton, 1822

The Exhibit Cases

Photograph of Exhibit Case 2

The Universal Angler, Made So, by Three Books of Fishing
Izaak Walton, Charles Cotton, and Robert Venables, 1676
(Three copies: one with Parts I, II, and III, one with Parts I and II, and one with Part II)

 

The Book of St. Albans
Juliana Berners and Joseph Haselwood, 1966

 

The Secrets of Angling
John
Dennys, 1885

Photograph of Exhibit Case 3

Reliquiae Wottonianae. Or, a Collection of Lives, Letters, Poems
Sir Henry Wotton, 1651

 

The Experienced Angler; or Angling Improved
Robert Venables, 1825

 

The Gentleman’s Recreation: In Four Parts.
Viz. Hunting, Hawking, Fowling, Fishing...

Nicholas Cox, 1697

 

“Rural Sports. A Georgic: Inscribed to Mr. Pope”
In Poems on Several Occasions
John Gay, 1720

 

The Compleat Angler:
Or, Contemplative Man’s Recreation

Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton, edited by Moses Browne, 1750

Photograph of Exhibit Case 4

The Complete Angler: Or, Contemplative Man’s Recreation
Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton,
edited by Sir John Hawkins, 1760

 

Rural Sports
William Barker Daniel, [1801]-1802

 

The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man’s Recreation
Izaak Walton, edited by Samuel Bagster, 1810

 

The Complete Angler, or Contemplative Man’s Recreation
Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton, edited by Samuel Bagster, 1815

 

The Complete Angler, or Contemplative Man’s Recreation
Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton,
edited by Sir John Hawkins, 1822

Photograph of Exhibit Case 6

The Cabinet of Natural History and American Rural Sports with Illustrations
Thomas Doughty, 1830-1834

 

The Complete Angler: or, The Contemplative Man’s Recreation
Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton, edited by Sir Harris Nicolas, 1836

 

The Works of Washington Irving
Washington Irving, 1840

 

“Head Waters of the Juniata.”
In The History and Topography of the United States of North America
Thomas Cole (artist and painter), c.1834

Adventures in the Wilds of the United States and British American Provinces
Charles Lanman, 1856

 

Izaak Walton: His Wallet Booke
Izaak Walton, edited by Joseph Crawhall

Photograph of Exhibit Case 7

Tenting To-Night: A Chronicle of Sport and Adventure in
Glacier Park and the Cascade Mountains

Mary Roberts Rinehart, 1918

 

“The Gold-Button Fish”
In Good Housekeeping
Mary Roberts Rinehart, 1932

(In Box 12, Folder 10)

“The Fisherman”
In The Wild Swans At Coole:
Other Verses and a Play in Verse

W. B. (William Butler) Yeats, 1917

 

Tales of Swordfish and Tuna
Zane Grey, [1927]

 

The Compleat Angler:
or, The Contemplative Man’s Recreation

Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton, edited by John Major, [1927]

Photograph of Exhibit Case 8

Morgan’s Bay
Alfred Joseph Casson

 

Trout Stream
Gwen Raverat

 

Muriel Foster’s Fishing Diary
Muriel Foster, 1996

 

Fly Fishing
Viscount Edward Grey of Fallodon, [c1930]

 

Abinger
Clifford Webb

 

Otter
Robert Gibbings

 

Two Trout Feeding
Robert Gibbings

 

The Roving Angler
Herbert E. Palmer, 1947

Photograph of Exhibit Case 9

“Big Two Hearted River”
In This Quarter
Ernest Hemingway, [1925]

A Moveable Feast
Ernest Hemingway, 1964

“On the Blue Water: A Gulf Stream Letter”
In Esquire
Ernest Hemingway, 1936

The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway, 1952

“The Art of Fiction XXI”
In The Paris Review
Ernest Hemingway and George Plimpton, 1958

The Western Angler:
An Account of Pacific Salmon and Western Trout

Roderick Haig-Brown, [1939]

Fisherman’s Summer
Roderick Haig-Brown, 1959

Spring Beauty.
Boyd Everett Hanna

The Intruder
Robert Traver, 2012

Photograph of Exhibit Case 10

Rio Tesuque
Gustave Baumann, [1946, 1939]

 

Nets
Seong Moy, [c.1965]

 

Trout Fishing in America: A Novel
Richard Brautigan, 1967

 

A River Runs Through It
Norman Maclean, 1989

 

The Longest Silence: A Life in Fishing
Thomas McGuane, 1999

Photograph of Exhibit Case 11

The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine.
John Speed, 1676

 

Shakespeare, William, (1564-1616).
Mr. William Shakespear’s Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.
Faithfully Reproduced in Facsimile from the Edition of 1685.
William Shakespeare, 1904

University Library System - Special Collections Department - f PR2751 .A45 1904

Photograph of Exhibit Case 12

The Piscatorial Atlas of the North Sea,
English and St. George’s Channels

O. T. (Ole Theodor) Olsen, 1883

 

“Captains Courageous”:
A Story of the Grand Banks

Rudyard Kipling, 1897

 

Something of Myself:
For My Friends, Known and Unknown

Rudyard Kipling, 1937

 

Some Wood Cuts of Men of Letters of the 19th Century
Robert Bryden, 1899

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1822 and 1836 Landscapes

Man Fishing Under a Tree
Man Wading in a River
Man Fishing With a Net
Fishing House
Fishing House with Anglers
Anglers by a River
Man on Horse in a Field
Anglers in a River
Angler with Rod

Exhibit Catalog

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the University Library Systems’ Archives & Special Collections at the Archives Service Center, the Digital Research Library, the Johnstown Campus Library, and Web Services for their generous assistance in preparing this exhibit. 

We also want to extend a special thanks to our student researchers, Cassie Frank the iSchool Field Experience Intern and Patti Smith our undergraduate research assistant, whose investigations provided valuable material for our fishing expedition.  All materials from the collections are available for study in the Reading Room upon request to Archives & Special Collections, 363 Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh.

Guide Creators

The Compleat Angler LibGuide was created by Archives & Special Collections student employees Cassie Frank, from the MLIS program, and Patti Smith, from the Department of Anthropology, under the guidance of Archives & Special Collections staff member Margaret McGill.

The Pike

Pike

The Complete AnglerIzaak Walton and Charles Cotton, 1822

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