Item #05681 Delights of Fishing. Sir Robert FRANKLAND.
Delights of Fishing
Delights of Fishing
Delights of Fishing
Delights of Fishing
Delights of Fishing
Delights of Fishing

Delights of Fishing

London: Thomas McLean, 1823. Item #05681

One of the Rarest of all Color Plate 'Angling' Books

FRANKLAND, Sir Robert, artist. TURNER, Charles, illustrator. [Delights of Fishing]. London: Thomas McLean, 1823-25.

First edition, second issue. Oblong quarto (10 x 12 1/2 inches; 255 x 317 mm.). Six fine hand-colored aquatint plates. All plates mounted on stubs and interleaved. The last plate watermarked "J. Whatman 1827".

Bound ca. 1933 by Alfred de Sauty of Donnelly's in half red morocco over red cloth boards decoratively ruled in gilt. Rectangular black morocco label on front cover decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt. Spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled in gilt, brown endpapers. Bookplate of Joel Spitz on front paste-down. Housed in the original red cloth slipcase. A fine copy of this great angling rarity.

The first issue has the imprint C. Turner.

Pencil note at end "Bot. from Hart - NY. 1/20/33 / Bound by de Sauty of Donnellys /Although only fair execution of plates, quite rare & seldom met with. / Complete in six plates - reference "Slater" --- "Siltzer" / watermarked 1827."

The plates are all by Charles Turner (1773-1857) after Sir Robert Frankland (1784-1849) and have printed quotes from Virgils Aenid, Eclogues & Georgics; Horace's Odes, and Ovid's Metamorphoses.

1. "Nune me fluctus habet" "Nune me fluctus habet. Ibi omnis Effusus labor atque immitis rupta tyranni" (Virgil)
London, Published June 18, 1823, by Thos. Mc. Lean. 26, Haymarket

2. "Hine toto praeceps se corpore ad undus" "Et ramos compesce fluentes" (Virgil)
London, Published June 18, 1823, by Thos. Mc. Lean. 26, Haymarket

3. "Sic omnia retro In pejus ruere" (Virgil) "Perchicos odi, puer, apparatus" (Horace)
London, Published June 18, 1823, by Thos. Mc. Lean. 26, Haymarket

4. "Piscium et summa genus haesit ulmo" (Horace) "et fluvios tentare minaces" (Virgil)
London, Published June 18, 1825, by Thos. Mc. Lean. 26, Haymarket

5. "Dux ego vester eram" (Virgil) "Heu nimis longo satiate ludo" (Horace)
London, Published June 18, 1825, by Thos. Mc. Lean. 26, Haymarket

6. "Terribili petit irritamina cornu" (Ovid) "nec severus" (Horace) Watermarked "J. Whatman 1827"
London, Published June 18, 1825, by Thos. Mc. Lean. 26, Haymarket

Exceptionally rare with just two copies (including the copy here offered) having appeared at auction over the past fifty years. OCLC locates just one copy in libraries and institutions worldwide (Athenaeum of Philadelphia, USA, PA).

Bobins V, 1630; Siltzer. The Story of British Sporting Prints, p.122; Not in Prideaux or Hardie.

Price: $6,500.00

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