London: Printed for Richard Marriot, 1676. First combined edition: Fifth edition of the Walton, First edition of the Cotton, and Fourth edition of the Venables. In a modern full morocco binding with five raised bands, gilt titling and spine compartments, all edges gilt, marbled end-papers. A complete copy with printed title pages for the work as a whole as well as the first and second parts, engraved title pages for the first and third parts and the license leaf preceding the second part. Margins trimmed too closely with partial loss of the last line on the engraved title to the first part, no other pages with the text affected (pages approximately 85 x 139 mm). Internal contents generally clean and unfoxed.
Walton’s famous pastoral work on fishing, "The Compleat Angler," is combined here with additions by Robert Venables and Charles Cotton on the art of fly fishing in particular. Walton, the son of innkeepers, moved to London to become an ironmonger but would spend the last forty years of his life collecting information and writing on fishing. The book was first published in 1653 but re-released in numerous editions both due to its popularity and Walton’s propensity to revise and contribute more chapters to it. It has stayed in print since it was first published and is noted for its well observed descriptions of English country life. “The Compleat Angler has something in common with 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover:' while many know the title, few have actually read it. Yet it’s the most frequently reprinted book in the English language after the Bible…” (The Guardian) (Item #1153)