New York: Limited Editions Club, 1948. Item #02488
Signed and Illustrated by Douglas W. Gorsline
WALTON, Izaak. The Compleat Angler. Or, The Contemplative Man's Recreation: Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing for the Perusal of Anglers... With Instructions, How to Angle for a Trout or Grayling in a Clear Stream, by Charles Cotton; and with an Introduction by James Russell Lowell. Illustrated by Douglas W. Gorsline. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1948.
Limited to 1500 numbered copies signed by the artist, this being copy no. 48. Tall quarto. xlii, 316,  pp. Black and white wash drawings and engravings throughout.
Publisher's quarter ivory calf over patterned paper boards. Gilt lettered and decorated spine. A very fine copy. Housed in the publisher's slipcase.
Douglas W. Gorsline (1913–1985) was an American painter and writer who was born in Rochester, New York. He attended Yale School of Art and the Art Students League of New York. Gorsline’s technique and sources derive from certain elements of cubism and realism. He often uses cubist composition as a means of approaching the real. Marcel Duchamp had a strong effect on him because he joined the idea of movement to the concepts of cubism — as in the Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2. It is of note that both Gorsline and Duchamp were inspired by the chronophotography of Étienne-Jules Marey who in order to fulfill his scientific pursuits invented cameras and methods to decompose movement.