London: William Pickering, 1836. 2 volumes, 4to (270 x 180 mm; 105/8 x 71/8 in.). Half-titles, titles printed in red and black, 61 steel engravings in two states, many printed on india paper. Contemporary dark green morocco by Hering, wide borders gilt, fish tool cornerpieces gilt, spines in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands, gilt-lettered in two, fish tool gilt in the rest, edges gilt. Some occasional spotting; some light wear, spines somewhat dry and slightly darkened. Provenance: William George Prescott (1800-1865) British banker (bookplate); Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe (1865-1922) British newspaper and publishing magnate (bookplate). Item #403581
DELUXE EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED LARGE-PAPER COPY, WITH THE ADDITION OF A SECOND SUITE OF PLATES, nearly all on india paper on thick paper mounts. First Nicolas edition. This deluxe issue is enhanced by the addition of a second suite of plates, nearly all on india paper on thick-paper mounts. “One of the best, possibly the very best of ... [the 146 editions of The Compleat Angler published between 1836 and 1901] was the superb edition edited by Sir Harris Nicolas for Pickering with engravings after Stothard, Inskipp and others. It was printed by Whittingham. and was one of Pickering’s most profitable ventures” (Percy Muir, Victorian Illustrated Books, 1971, p. 21). Pickering employed 27 of the most prominent artists, painters, and engravers to illustrate it. Coigney 44; Horne 43; Keynes, p. 94; Oliver 41. .