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.more...
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).see full details
The book gives details of various methods of catching different fish, and which rivers to find them in. It is the first angling book to mention silk-worm gut. According to ESTC, this present work was issued separately by five different printers in 1724. This issue is the only one included in Westwood & Satchell (Biblioteca Piscatoria, pp.189). The attractive engraved folding frontispiece shows different methods of fishing and four species of fish: brill, trout, carp and perch. ESTC lists three copies only: at Harvard, Princeton and Boston Public Library..see full details