Titre : The Compleat Angler
Éditeur : L A Lewis
Date d'édition : 1839
Edition : 1st Lewis edition Edn,
3 Vols, IXXII 396 pages, 15 engraved plates + text woodcuts. This copy extended to 3 volumes with the addition of approx 540 extra plates, original title page removed with new printed title page with the Walton facsimile cartouche from the 1st edition with author's name and illustrated and volume number within ruled borders to each volume. The plates are mostly fish, fishing, sporting and natural history related, some are colour, also portrait views, some unrelated to angling and country sports, mostly late 18th and early to mid 19th century, in Volume 3 a sepia water colour titled "pickering ??? at the matchbox" Bound at end of volume 3 William Alexanders Journey To Beresford Hall, 1/2 title dedication "To the anglers of Great Britain and to the various Walton Clubs, this journey to "Beresford Hall" is humbly dedicated by a brother of the angle Islington Dec 2nd 1837", 3pp preface single page relating to Alexanders handwriting and facsimile manuscript with small coloured fly, then follows 7 page copy of the manuscript + 13 various plates. Originally a hand written manuscript by Alexander written in 1815. It was later published by Russell Smith in 1841 in 4to., Whether this is an early copy as the date on title of 1837 may show but I am unable to find any reference. The 3 volumes are bound in a plain 1/2 dark green calf, some rubbing to edges, Circa 1840. Coigney 49, WS3, Sage 3. N° de réf. du libraire 16975
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