Offering the 1848 edition of The Complete Angler by Issac Walton published by Wiley and Putnam, New York.
In his own words, Walton describes the book: “which from the bare title, might be thought to be a sporting book, but will be recognized by every student of the English literature as one of the most precious gems in the language.” There you have it, a precious gem still kicking around 173 years later.
My photographs comprehensively show the condition of the cover and the pages and more can be provided if requested. There is minimal writing, heavily foxing, some spine damage but the pages are still holding on. It is readable, the illustrations are goosebump worthy and it will shelf sit nicely. Should there be a conflict between the words I’ve included and the photographs I’ve provided, the photographs will prevail so please review them completely as they are the material part of this listing.
When I literally press my nose to the cover of the book, it smells like a distinguished old library, like a place where people drank scotch and smoked cigars 100 years ago. I don’t know how else to explain it. To be clear, there is no notable offensive odor to this book - not tobacco, not musty, not even really dusty. Just leather and time.
Requiem Salvage Co. specializes in civil war and Victorian era ephemera and we also know how to properly ship it. It will come outside wrapped in plastic because we plan for the couriers taking it swimming so please do open it quickly.