London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1931. Item #03534
"I envy no body but him, and him only, that catches more fish than I do".
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. Walton, Izaak. The Compleat Angler or The Contemplative Man’s Recreation. Being a Discourse of Rivers, Fishponds, Fish and Fishing not unworthy the Perusal of most Anglers. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: George G. Harrap & Co., .
First trade edition. Octavo (9 3/4 x 7 1/2 in; 247 x 190 mm). 223, (1) pp. Twelve color plates, including frontispiece, with captioned tissue guards. Twenty-five black and white illustrations. Title printed in green and black.
Original publisher's dark green cloth, front cover and spine decoratively stamped in gilt, top edge gilt, pictorial end papers. A near fine copy. In the original color pictorial dust jacket, spine faded and slightly chipped at top and bottom.
"No fewer than six plates have landscape backgrounds, plates which should remind us of Rackham's very serious reputation as a landscape painter, with a fine vision of natural forms" (Gettings, Arthur Rackham, p. 159).
Latimore & Haskell pp. 66-67. Riall, p. 175.