The most frequently reprinted book in English after the Bible.
WALTON, Izaak. The Complete Angler; or Contemplative Man's Recreation: being a Discourse on Rivers, Fish-Ponds, Fish and Fishing ... with the Lives of the Authors ... by Sir John Hawkins. Printed for Samuel Bagster, 1808.
Large 8vo. Contemporary half brown calf, marbled boards, sometime rebacked in tan leather, spine with contrasting red and green morocco gilt lettering pieces, all edges marbled; pp. [iv] + 512 + [ii. Ads.], 17 engraved plates by Audinet, after drawings by Wale and Samuel, also numerous small copper engravings in the text; internally very clean, very good.
First Bagster edition.
First published in 1653, this classic work on fish and fishing has become one of the most reprinted books in the history of British letters. Bagster's aim was to attempt to reproduce Walton's orginal text as closley as possible, editing out the errors that had crept in to the book since the last edition in Walton's life-time in 1676.