An Angler's Anthology.
Illustrated from Drypoints by Norman Wilkinson.London & New York: Country Life Limited; Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930 Stock Code: 140837
The deluxe issue with an original signed etchingFirst edition, first impression, deluxe issue with an original etching numbered and signed by the artist, number 7 of 100 copies signed by both Austin and Wilkinson on the limitation page. Uncommon, especially in the original box.
Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971) was a British artist and marine painter. Also an illustrator, poster artist, and wartime camoufleur, he is credited with the invention of the dazzle painting (or camouflage), during the First World War, which used complicated patterns, geometrical shapes, and optical illusions to protect ships by complicating the estimation of a target's range, speed, and heading.
This angling anthology brings together texts on this topics by illustrious authors, including Sir Henry Wotton, Izaak Walton, but also Robert Louis Stevenson, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Andrew Lang, Washington Irving, Lord Byron, and many others.
Quarto. Publisher's deluxe binding in white buckram, titles in gilt to spine and front board, single gilt fillet frames to boards, patterned endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Housed in publisher's green card solander box (sunned and a little chipped) with print pocket inside top lid.
24 tissue-guarded monochrome plates (including the frontispiece) after Wilkinson, and 1 original etching, as issued.
The binding remarkably clean, internally crisp, a fine copy.
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