[Binding, Fine- Riviere] Compleat Angler. Izaak Walton, Fine- Riviere Binding.

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[Binding, Fine- Riviere] Compleat Angler

Chiswick: Carodoc Press, 1905.

First edition thus. Exquisitely bound full dark green crushed morocco binding by Riviere with bold gilt-blocked scene of swimming fish in a pool with stylized water flowers and leaf patterning. The illustration extends to the back cover, continuing the theme, with a completely new design showing a long fishing line extending into the pool. Superb front and rear single dentelles with fish and basket gilt designs. One of 350 copies, TEG, others uncut. Binding and contents are fine (front hinge has been expertly and almost invisibly repaired. The book was a gift to an "H.M.S." from the famous financier and manuscript collector, Robert Bothwick Adam: inscribed on front free endpaper: "H.M.S from R.B. Adam, Oct. 21, 1924 and under that, to his daughter Harriett, "To Harriett from her Father, Jan. 1, 1937." In contemporary green cloth slipcase. A singularly exquisite and innovative Riviere binding.

Price: $2,750.00   Item #2136