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The Compleat Angler: And Other Meditations on the Art and Philosophy of Fishing, 15th Century to the Present: 20th - 21st Century Editions

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

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Daglish Prints

"The Fresh-water Pearch"

"The Fresh-water Pearch"

The Compleat Angler, Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton, 1927

"The Salmon-Leap"

"The Salmon-Leap"

The Compleat Angler, Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton, 1927

"The Chavender or Chub"

"The Chavender or Chub"

The Compleat Angler, Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton, 1927

1927 - The First Daglish Edition

1927 Title Page

The Compleat Angler, Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton, 1927

The 1927 large paper edition of The Compleat Angler, published in London by Thornton Butterworth Limited, contains the works of Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton.  It is reprinted from John Major’s edition from 1889.  This book is one of a hundred large paper copies printed on hand-made paper in an edition de luxe with sixteen wood engravings of birds and fish by the English artist and engraver Eric Fitch Daglish.  On the verso of the title page is the imprint, "The Compleat Angler" was first published in 1653.  The first edition contained the first part only by Izaak Walton.  The fifth edition was issued in 1676 and included the second part by Charles Cotton.  John Major's edition was first published in 1823.  This edition de luxe is reprinted from Major's edition of 1889 and is published in 1927 with an additional plated signed by the artist.  It is limited to 100 numbered copies.  50 are for sale in the United States of America, and 50 are for sale in Great Britain and elsewhere. This is copy No. 62."  The engravings of Eric Fitch Daglish are held in the permanent collections of  the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 

 

Walton, Izaak, (1593-1683).
Cotton, Charles, (1630-1687).
Major, John, (1782-1849) editor.
Daglish, Eric Fitch, (1892-1966) illustrator.

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

London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, [1927].
Limited and signed edition, no. 62 of 100 copies. 

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Looking Forward

Cover for the 2016 Compleat Angler

The Compleat Angler, Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton, 2016

The Compleat Angler continues to be popular among anglers around the world today.  Its descriptions of fishing techniques are still relevant, and the life lessons it teaches can be appreciated in any time period.  As a result, the work is still being published in new editions, with introductions and illustrations from contemporary writers and artists.  The most recent edition of the work is from 2016, published by the Oxford University Press and edited by Marjorie Swann. 

For more information on The Compleat Angler and Marjorie Swann, see the article written by Ruth Scurr in The Times Literary Supplement, February 26, 2014.

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