[Maquette for the Heritage Press edition of The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton, with Original Illustrations in Pencil by Robert Ball]
signedPencil on paper: 120 drawings (many full page) including map endpapers (somewhat faded), three title page mock-ups, printed titl
1936·[Provincetown, Mass. & New York
by (Walton, Izaak) Ball, Robert
[Provincetown, Mass. & New York, 1936. Pencil on paper: 120 drawings (many full page) including map endpapers (somewhat faded), three title page mock-ups, printed title page dated 1935, proof printing of Ball's half-title design, two title page designs dated 1936, numerous vignettes and ornaments, several drawings repeated on tissue (tipped in). 1 vols. 4to. Black cloth spine and paper covered boards, upper cover tinted black and decorated in red with Walton & Cotton cipher and fish. Spine defective, front board detached. some minor smudging, generally very good. Ball, Robert. Pencil on paper: 120 drawings (many full page) including map endpapers (somewhat faded), three title page mock-ups, printed title page dated 1935, proof printing of Ball's half-title design, two title page designs dated 1936, numerous vignettes and ornaments, several drawings repeated on tissue (tipped in). 1 vols. 4to. Ball's Illustrations for 'The Compleat Angler' 1935-36. Outstanding maquette of original drawings by Robert Ball (1890-1975) for the Heritage Press edition of the Compleat Angler by Walton & Cotton. As the first title page designs indicate, the edition was planned for 1935, and a printed title page dated 1935 has been tipped in, but the book did not appear until 1936 (Coigney 324).Robert Ball illustrated numerous sporting books during the 1930s, including several for the Derrydale Press: Pteryplegia (1931), John Peel (1932), and The Warwick Woodlands (1934), each in a historical style sympathetic to the individiual work. His designs for The Compleat Angler honor the fashion of the mid-seventeenth century and yet the details are distinctively Ball's own. His drawings of natural scenes, fish, birds, and animals are finely detailed and lively. The illustrations inlcude vignettes and page layouts as well as more elaborate full page drawings. The inside back cover of the notebook bears Ball's address: Robert Ball, 280 West 4th St., Provincetown, Mass.With: a copy of the 1938 Heritage Club reprint (Coigney 332), inscribed by the artist on the flyleaf, "with best wishes of RB [cipher] for Carl 16 May 1639". The recipient was Carl Burger, illustrator of children's books, including Old Yeller and The Incredible Journey".
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