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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
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Chapman & Hall, 1834 Sm. 8vo., First and Sole Edition, with engraved title-vignette and woodcut head- and tail-pieces throughout, front free endpaper and title lightly spotted; original patterned cloth; gilt back, uncut, backstrip chipped (not affecting lettering) at head and tail, joints lightly rubbed with two or three small losses of cloth, else a remarkably bright, crisp, clean copy in wholly unrestored contemporary binding. With the nineteenth century trade ticket of Combe of Leicester on front paste-down. 'Stephen Oliver the Younger' (so titled) is the pseudonym of William Andrew Chatto. A minor angling classic, this work contains two sings, 'The Angler's Call' and 'The Angler's Invitation', which were afterwards included in the 'Newcastle Fishers' Garlands'. In the appendix the author gives a well-written review of the older angling literature frequently quoted by Westwood & Stachell. Westwood & Satchell, p.162. (Book ref. 24820)
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Seeley Service, [1967] 8vo., Second Edition, with frontispiece, plates and numerous illustrations in the text; yellow cloth, upper board lettered in gilt, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. First published in 1953 (Book ref. 24715)
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Witherby, [1986] 4to., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, 7 coloured plates, and numerous monochrome photographs (a number full-page) and maps in the text, book token mounted on front free endpaper; green cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. The rivers include Avon, Wylie, Nadder, Bourne, Ebble, Beaulieu, Stour, Allen, Piddle and Frome (Book ref. 24323)
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Herbert Jenkins, [1957] Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with diagrams in the text, neat inscription on front free endpaper; original blue cloth, backstrip lettered in darker blue, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter with loss at upper quarter of rear panel. Published in Jenkins' much sought-after 'How to Catch Them' series. Scarce in the dustwrapper (Book ref. 20328)
Andre Deutsch, [1969] 8vo., De Luxe Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, 48 fine coloured plates, very numerous illustrations and diagrams in the text, and pictorial endpapers; red cloth, gilt back, fore-edges lightly dust-soiled else a very good, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. Nice copy of the best early edition of Willock's comprehensive text supported by Tenney's wonderful plates. It was first published in 1964, several times reissued and published in this de luxe version in 1969. Contributors include Harry Brotherton, Derek Fletcher, Clive Gammon, F.W. Holliday, William Howes, S Norton-Bracy, Raymond Perrett and Harvey Torbett. (Book ref. 14564)
Herbert Jenkins, [1955] Sm. 8vo., Second Impression, with diagrams in the text, endpapers lightly spotted; original blue cloth, backstrip lettered in black, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped pictorial dustwrapper, the latter with fold-ins taped to paste-downs and lightly browned on (predominantly white) rear panel. First published in the previous year. (Book ref. 17518)
Herbert Jenkins, [1944] 8vo., First Edition, with 4 plates toned in sepia; green cloth, backstrip lettered in black, fore-edges lightly dust-soiled else a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter very lightly rubbed at extremities. Includes poaching adventures on the Tweed, a night on the Tay, a day on Loch Lyon, trout poaching in Scotland, three fish for grayling and much useful information on the management of club waters. Above average copy of a book seldom found in really good state due to wartime production constraints. Hampton, p.288. (Book ref. 18531)
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[Printed by Nicol at the Shakspeare Press for] John Major, Fleet-Street, 1825 8vo., First Major Edition, Large Paper, with a copper-engraved frontispiece mounted on India Paper, 10 fine copper-engraved plates mounted on India Paper, and 52 woodcut illustrations and embellishments in the text; handsomely bound in later nineteenth century red full crushed morocco BY MYERS, back with five raised bands tooled in gilt, second compartment framed and lettered in gilt, all other compartments elaborately framed and tooled in gilt to a geometric floral design, all edges gilt, elaborate gilt doublures, marbled endpapers, a splendid, crisp, clean copy in superb signed period binding. With a fine nineteenth century engraved armorial bookplate and binder's ticket on front paste-down. Large Paper state of the first Major edition of Walton's great biographical collection, issued as a complement to the same publisher's 1823 edition of The Compleat Angler. Walton lived in the parish of St. Dunstan's where Donne was vicar; his life of his friend was written in 1640 as an introduction to a collection of the poet-clergyman's sermons. The other subjects were also personal friends; their biographies were first published in 1651 (Wotton), 1665 (Hooker), 1670 (Herbert) and 1678 (Sanderson). The plates are all early proofs on India Paper; the plate 'The Advocate' is engraved as 'The Pleader'. A LOVELY, BRIGHT COPY IN WHOLLY UNRESTORED CONTEMPORARY SIGNED BINDING. JOHNSON RATES THE WORK 'AMONG HIS MOST FAVOURITE BOOKS'. (Book ref. 22339)
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[Privately Printed, 1907] Sm. 8vo., Sole Edition thus, on laid paper, with a portrait frontispiece, facsimile of the first edition title, 7 plates and woodcut illustrations (including musical scores) in the text, some very light and occasional spotting; full roan over wooden boards, upper board blocked and lettered in blind, uncut AND LARGELY UNOPENED, marbled free endpapers, neatly recased with old backstrip laid down, a very good, bright, crisp copy. This edition was evidently given as an exclusive Christmas gift from Mr. and Mrs. Wellcome, and bears a bound-in printed leaf to that effect. A remarkably good quality facsimile of the first edition of 1653, together with the plates of the second Major edition of 1824. Scarce. (Book ref. 21802)
Bracken Books, [1985] 8vo., with very numerous illustrations in the text; green cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. With personal bookplate on front free endpaper. Good quality facsimile reissue of the well-known 1897 edition in which New's delightful illustrations are complemented by Le Gallienne's extensive introduction and biographies. Westwood & Satchell (Supp) p.256 (recording the 1897 edition). (Book ref. 16308)
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Printed by R. Watts for Samuel Bagster in the Strand, 1815 Roy. 8vo., Second Edition thus, Large Paper, with engraved portrait frontispiece, engraved and printed titles (the former a facsimile of the first edition title), 12 engraved plates (including one of tackle and 2 musical scores) and 35 woodcut illustrations, facsimiles and maps in the text, some light and generally inoffensive age-staining; handsomely bound in later nineteenth-century dark green full calf, sides with double frame border enclosing lozenges tooled with fish, crewels and angling scenes all in gilt, back with four flat bands framed in gilt, second compartment with red leather label ruled and lettered in gilt, other four compartments tooled in gilt with fish, crewel, angling scene, fish in descending order, all edges gilt, marbled edges, gilt doublures, very neatly rebacked to style, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. A short tear in K2 professionally repaired. The 'present editor' is Henry Ellis of the British Museum. The text is collated with that of 1676 (the last published during Walton's life) together with several corrections and the most complete Index to date. The engravings of fish are a new series; the facsimile signatures appear here for the first time, the plates are mostly by Audinet after Wale. A lovely, albeit slightly aged, copy in unusual themed binding. LARGE PAPER COPIES ARE SCARCE. Coigney 21; Oliver 19; Slater p. 28; Westwood & Satchell pp.224-25 (Book ref. 21807)
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Nathaniel Cooke, 1854 8vo., Second Edition thus, with a portrait frontispiece, decorative and printed titles, printed title-vignette, facsimile of title of first edition, 3 engraved plates of flies, and 39 woodcut illustrations (including 19 of fish and 3 of tackle and 3 of flies) in the text; strongly bound in contemporary full calf, sides with double frame border in blind, neatly rebacked in calf to style, back with brown leather label lettered in gilt, marbled edges, doublures tooled in blind, marbled endpapers, corners mildly rubbed, a very good, clean copy. Fitzgibbon's charming edition was first published in the previous year in Ingram's 'Illustrated Library'. It includes a biographical sketch of Walton condensed from Hawkins' edition of 1797. Westwood & Satchell term this 'a pretty and useful edition'. Westwood & Satchell, p. 232. (Book ref. 21798)
Nathaniel Cooke, 1854 8vo., Second Edition thus, with a portrait frontispiece, decorative and printed titles, printed title-vignette, facsimile of title of first edition, 3 engraved plates of flies, and 39 woodcut illustrations (including 19 of fish and 6 of tackle) in the text, some very light dust-soiling; original cloth elaborately patterned in blind, green top, yellow endpapers, very neatly recased, a most attractive copy in the publisher's original binding. Fitzgibbon's charming edition was first published in the previous year in Ingram's 'Illustrated Library'. It includes a biographical sketch of Walton condensed from Hawkins' edition of 1797. Westwood & Satchell term this 'a pretty and useful edition'. Westwood & Satchell, p. 232. (Book ref. 12083)
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D. Bogue, Fleet-Street, and H. Wix, New Bridge-Street, 1844 8vo., Fourth [and Best] Major Edition, with 2 steel-engraved portrait frontispieces, a full-page steel-engraved facsimile, 9 steel-engraved plates and 74 charming woodcuts in the text, all plates with original blank guards present, early twentieth century brown boards, tan calf back lettered in gilt and tooled in blind, primrose laid endpapers, a remarkably bright, crisp, clean copy. The best Major edition: 'this reprint far surpasses Major's previous efforts in 1823 and 1824' (Westwood & Satchell). THIS COPY HAS UNUSUALLY FRESH, CLEAN PLATES. The portrait of Walton is by Bone after Housman, that of Cotton is by Corbould after Lely. Both are engraved by Robinson and face parts I and II respectively. The facsimile is that of the title-page of the original edition of 1653, engraved by Collard with type-letter copied by Becker. The nine plates by Absolon, engraved by Willmore, appear here for the first time. 'Wale's designs, repeated ad nauseam, are here suppressed, and the new series by Absolon…quaint, unaffected and picturesque, have the signal merit of seeming an emanation from and efflorescence of the book itself. The woodcuts of fish give the varying tones and surfaces with great success; and the vignettes of scenery by Creswick and others, leave far behind those of former editions' (Westwood & Satchell). The woodcuts by Creswick were taken on the spot expressly for this edition, and afterwards drawn on the blocks by himself. Major's typically extensive notes (including two engraved musical scores of the Angler's Song) occupy pp.368-408. Westwood & Satchell p.230. (Book ref. 21795)
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John Major, Fleet-Street, adjoining Serjeant's-Inn, 1823 8vo., First Major Edition, Large Paper, with a copper-engraved portrait frontispiece mounted on India Paper, engraved title-vignette, 13 fine copper-engraved plates (including 2 of music scores) all mounted on India Paper, and 77 woodcut illustrations and decorations in the text, some light offsetting from frontispiece to title, some very light and inoffensive spotting to some margins; most attractively bound in mid-nineteenth century green full roan, boards with quintuple frame border enclosing large and elaborate floral lozenge all in gilt, back with four flat bands, second and fourth compartments framed and lettered in gilt, first and fifth compartments frame in gilt, third extended compartment richly tooled in gilt to a floral design, all edges gilt, gilt doublures, green endpapers, blue silk marker, joints moderately rubbed else a very good, bright, clean copy. The first Major edition is based on the fifth edition of 1676, the last published during Walton's lifetime, and printed by Nicol at the Shakespeare Press. Major's typically extensive notes occupy pp.395-406. The plates are engraved by Cook and Pye from the old drawings by Wale which had been 'greatly heightened in the effect, by the pencil of Mr. Frederick Nash' (W&S). A nice, bright (if slightly aged) copy of what is generally regarded as the best edition of one of the finest and most desirable of the illustrated 'Anglers'. An edition of standard size with the plates on ordinary paper was published simultaneously. Coigny 23; Oliver 23; Slater p.28; Westwood & Satchell p.225. (Book ref. 17857)
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John Major, Fleet-Street, adjoining Serjeant's-Inn, 1823 8vo., First Major Edition, with a copper-engraved portrait frontispiece, engraved title-vignette, 13 fine copper-engraved plates (including 2 of music scores) and 77 woodcut illustrations and decorations in the text, some light offsetting from frontispiece to title, some very light and inoffensive spotting to some margins, neat later nineteenth century inscription on blank preliminary; most attractively bound in mid-nineteenth full speckled brown calf, boards with decorative gilt frame border, back with five raised bands tooled in gilt, second compartment with black leather label framed and lettered in gilt, all other compartments elaborately ruled and tooled in gilt, marbled edges, gilt doublures, marbled endpapers, backstrip lightly pulled at head and tail else an attractive copy of a perennial classic in period binding. The first Major edition is based on the fifth edition of 1676, the last published during Walton's lifetime, and printed by Nicol at the Shakespeare Press. Major's typically extensive notes occupy pp.395-406. The plates are engraved by Cook and Pye from the old drawings by Wale which had been 'greatly heightened in the effect, by the pencil of Mr. Frederick Nash' (W&S). Coigny 23; Oliver 23; Slater p.28; Westwood & Satchell p.225. (Book ref. 21796)
A&C Black, 1970 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece and numerous plates and illustrations in the text; cloth, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter lightly creased at edges. (Book ref. 16804)
Nicholson & Watson, [1951] 8vo., First Edition, with 11 plates on 8, numerous illustrations and diagrams in the text, and pictorial endpapers; original green cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly browned and frayed at upper edge. Published in the 'Country Books' series edited by Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald. Includes a glossary. (Book ref. 15004)
Faber, [1947] 8vo., First Edition, with a title-vignette and illustrations in the text, free endpapers faintly spotted; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy. (Book ref. 4574)
Country Life, [1944] 4to., Fourth Impression, with a frontispiece and numerous illustrations (15 full-page) in the text, endpapers mildly spotted, neat signature on front free endpaper; cloth, a good, clean copy. The first edition of this angling classic was published in 1942 (Book ref. 4585)