London: Printed for Richard Marriot, 1676. First combined edition. Containing the Fifth edition of the Walton, First edition of the Cotton, and Fourth edition of the Venables. Finely bound by Riviere & Son in full polished calf stamped in gilt to spine and boards. All edges brightly gilt. Gilt turn-ins. Near Fine, on account of some sunning to spine and faint offsetting to pastedowns. Internal contents generally clean and unfoxed, with just a few leaves shaved close. Early ownership signature to titles of Part II and Part III: "Thos. Dudley's Stafford. 1756." Collating , 275, ; , 111, ; , 96, : lacking the special title with cartouche and the final blank of Part I, and bound without the two blanks of Part III else complete. In all, an extremely pleasing copy of this important book.
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 most frequently reprinted book in the English language after the Bible” (The Guardian).
Wing W674. Pforzheimer 1052. ESTC R1359. Near Fine (Item #4127)