London: J. Major… Printed for W. Nicol, 1835. Item #04712
A Finely Bound Complete Angler
WALTON, Izaak. COTTON, Charles. BAYNTUN, binder. The Complete Angler of Izaac Walton and Charles Cotton: Extensively embellished with engravings on copper and wood, from original paintings and drawings by first-rate artists… Third edition. London: J. Major… Printed for W. Nicol, 1835.
Third Major Edition. Small octavo (6 1/4 x 3 7/8 inches; 159 x 98 mm.). lviii, 416, pp. Fifteen engraved plates and seventy-seven wood engravings in the text.
Bound ca. 1925 by Bayntun, stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in "Bayntun. Binder. Bath. Eng." Full brown crushed levant morocco, covers elaborately decorated in gilt with fishing tackle and gilt pointille on the outside of an oval gilt border. Spine with five raised bands, richly decorated in gilt with fish surrounded by gilt pointille and lettered in gilt in compartments. Gilt dotted board-edges and elaborate turn-ins, marbled paste-downs and endleaves, all edges gilt.
A fine example.
"This is a reissue of the second Major edition of 1824 (No. 25), with a new title-page marked: 'Third Edition' and a new publisher's device above the imprint. The illustrations are the same as those in the Major edition of 1824 with the addition of copperplate number 10, a portrait of Dr Th. Wharton, engraved by W.H. Worthington". (Coigney)
Bayntun of Bath. George Bayntun (1873-1940) served his apprenticeship with the Taylor family in Trim Street and started his own bookbinding business in Northumberland Place in 1894. He employed London binders to raise the standard of craftsmanship and soon moved into a larger workshop in Walcot Street. Book Auction Records for 1906 recognized his success: "He has brought intelligence into play as well as high craftsmanship". In 1920 he purchased the bindery business of George Gregory, and in 1939 the Bayntun and Rivière binderies were incorporated into a new set of premises on Manvers Street (Bath), from where the business still operates today. George Bayntun had an especially good relationship with many of the pre-eminent American dealers including Brentano's.