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The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation: Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing Not Unworthy the Perusal of Most Anglers.

by Walton, Izaak

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J.M. Dent, London.1896. Edited with introduction by Andrew Lang.. Hardback.. Black and White illustrations by Edmund J. Sullivan. Lovely design on front cover, with illustration of fish and decorative lettering in gold. VG-, without dust jacket.

'The Compleat Angler' is the most famous book ever published in the literature of sport. It is also a work whose unique celebration of the English countryside has attracted readers around the world since it first appeared in 1653. Izaak Walton issued the final version of his beloved book in 1676. 'The Compleat Angler' is both a manual of instruction and a vision of society in harmony with nature. It guides the novice fisherman on how to catch and cook a variety of fish, on how to select and prepare the best bait and make artificial flies, and on the habits of freshwater fish. It promotes angling as a communal activity in which the bonds of friendship are forged through the shared experience of the natural world. Walton lived through turbulent times and found in nature the best salve for national tragedy and personal sorrow. -



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