(WALTON). SWINDLEHURST, Thomas W., calligrapher and binder. ~ An Extract from the Complete Angler or the Contemplative Man’s Recreation. [Yorkshire, 1952].
Calligraphic manuscript on paper, 4to (230 × 145, pp. , plus blank leaves at front and rear. Rubrics at head and tail of text, signed in pencil at end. Original binding of white quarter goatskin and contrasting fishskin with inlays. Original exhibition labels and slipcase. Fine.
A fine calligraphic manuscript bound in fishskin, an excerpt from the first book of the Compleat Angler: Walton’s ever-prescient paean to the element of water: ‘The water is the eldest daughter of the Creation, the element upon which the Spirit of God did first move, the element which God commanded to bring forth living creatures abundantly; and without which, those that inhabit the land, even all creatures that have breath in their nostrils, must suddenly return to putrefaction.’
It is the work of artist and educator Thomas Swindlehurst for the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society for the Florence exhibition of 1952. Swindlehurst (1900-1965) studied calligraphy and lettering at the Royal College of Art under Edward Johnston, 1924-1927. He taught at Cheltenham College of Art and Leeds School of Art from ca. 1931-1959. (’Tom Swindlehurst remembered’. The Scribe, no. 35, winter 1985). Several of his manuscripts are preserved in the National Art Library at V&A)