John Major based his edition of the Angler on the fifth edition (1676), the last published during Walton’s lifetime. Complemented by his lengthy introductory essay and revised notes, the edition is notable for the fine engraved illustrations.
First John Major editions, two volumes, 8vo., lx, 411, ; xviii, 503, pp., 14 engraved copper plates to first work, 11 to the second, both with numerous further woodcut decorations, occasional trivial foxing, light offsetting of some plates to text, light marginal stain to title-page and frontispiece of the first volume.
Bound by Riviere in full contemporary black straight-grained morocco, boards gilt with double fillets surrounding a foliate ornamental segments, matching decoration to inner dentelles, expertly rebacked preserving spines in six compartments separated by raised bands, gilt lettering direct to second compartment, others elaborately gilt, all edges gilt, an excellent pair.
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