1928 · Boston
One of 600 copies of this beloved 17th-century treatise: a handsome limited edition printed by D.B. Updike at The Merrymount Press for Charles E. Goodspeed, founder of the famous antiquarian bookshop in Boston. American editor and literary critic Bliss Perry supplied the introduction, saying, "any reader of Walton . . . owes a debt to the 'father of anglers.'"
Updike's Merrymount Press consistently produced quality pieces with simple but poignant design — this being one of them. => W.A. Dwiggins, prominent type and book designer, created the cover pattern and interior decorations.
Binding: Gray, blue, and green pictorial paper–covered boards featuring repeating images of (underwater?) foliage and an angler with a bite, black cloth spine with gilt lettering. Top edges stained green. Issued with glassine wrapper and slipcase.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Agner, Books of WAD, 28.13. Bound as above; glassine wrapper with edges chipped and lower outer front corner lost, slipcase unmarred. => Volume uncut and unopened, clean and nice. (Inventory #: 37894)