First major appearance of Walton's beloved treatise in combination with his collected lives of authors, the set (here in its stated second edition) charmingly illustrated with copper-engraved plates and wood-engraved in-text illustrations. The Angler plates generally represent dashing young men ? and a few young ladies ? in the garb of Walton's day, while many of the in-text illustrations depict hooked fish; the Lives volume opens with a representation of the subjects' signatures within a decorative frame and includes, along with a portrait of each, ten renditions of important moments and locations in the subjects' careers as well as numerous smaller portraits, coats of arms, etc. => Each volume is decorated with a vertical fore-edge painting. Fore-edges: Angler with two jaunty 17th-century gentlemen and their rods and lines, Lives with a portrait of Walton, both paintings within arabesque frames. Bindings: Straight-grained maroon morocco, covers framed in gilt triple fillets, spines with gilt-stamped author and title; board edges with gilt roll, turn-ins with gilt double fillets. All edges gilt. Provenance: Front pastedowns each with armorial bookplate of collector John Train; front fly-leaves with early inked ownership inscriptions of Lucy S. Sanford and T. (or J.?) Lister. 8vo (17.1 cm, 6.75"). 2 vols. I: lviii, 416 pp.; 14 plts. II: xviii, , 503,  pp.; 11 plts. NSTC 2W4371. Bound as above, rubbed at joints/extremities, hinges (inside) tender; text block of vol. II starting to separate from spine and front free endpaper with outer edge chipped. Pages generally clean; moderate foxing to some plates, with offsetting to surrounding pages. => Unusual and very attractive. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The complete angler [and] The lives of Dr. ...
Publisher: John Major 1824?25
Publication Date: 1824
Book Description 1825, 1823. John Major. Both volumes first editions (trade not large paper copies) by this publisher. Small 8vo. Profusely embellished with plates and vignettes delicately produced with woodcuts. lx, 411pp. xviii, 503pp. Attractive ownership stamp to both volumes with a leopard of G. Gilles. Handsomely bound in full tan calf, boards sl. mottled and small long patch of leather rubbed to upper board of "Lives" which also lacks its leather lettering piece. Gilt decorations to spines. Marbled edges and endpapers. Occ. foxing but generally a very clean and sound set. Seller Inventory # 70291
Book Description John Major London ; 1825, 1823. 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. 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. Seller Inventory # 76258
Book Description London John Major 1823, 1825, 1823. Condition: fine. 1st John Major Editions. lx,411; xviii, 503pp. Octavo. Two volumes. Finely bound in full black morocco by Riviere & Son with discrete professional restoration to external hinges. Triple gilt fillet to boards. Double gilt fillets to edges of boards. Spine in 6 compartments; gilt titles in second compartment with remaining stamped elaborately in gilt. Date in gilt to foot of spine. Turn ins stamped elaborately in rulled and rolled gilt designs. Engraved bookplate of Augustine Healy to front pastedowns. Gift inscription on flyleaf of Angler. Some foxing, age-toning and offsetting from engravings internally, else tight with only light shelfwear to corners and edges of boards. A beautiful uniformly bound set of Walton's Angler and Lives, comprising the first John Major edition of each work. This is the large paper edition with numerous copper engravings on India paper and wood engravings throughout the text. Sumptiously bound in full black morocco by Riviere & Son, signed by the firm in both bindings. Walton's Compleat Angler is a classic of both Angling and English literature and his Lives a charming account of his subjects, some of whom were also friends. Seller Inventory # 136043