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Crawhall, Joseph.
One of only 40 copies. Presentation copy to Illustrator Charles S. Keene and George Henry Haydon. The Compleatest Angling Booke That Euer Was Writ, Being Done Oute if Ye Hebrewe and Other Tongues by a Person of Honor.
Publisher: Privately printed, Coquetdale, Northumberland;
Date of Publication: 1859
Stock Code: 6622
First Edition. One of only 40 copies “for friends”. Quarto, unpaginated throughout; blank, title page, pp. [194] with 97 text leaves printed recto only plus 5 leaves printed on slightly thicker paper with double red line to v
erso, of which 31 pages either rubricated or hand coloured by the artist. 31 copper engraved plates of which 4 colour embellished by hand. Also 7 original water colours (including double-page water-colour of a Coquet trout dated May 16th 1871). Brown half morocco with 5 raised bands; gilt titles to spine and floral decoration to compartments; marbled endpapers. Morocco scuffed to edges with wear to corners. Prospectus for Crawhall’s Izaak Walton His Wallet Booke tipped-in to front pastedown. Inscribed by Crawhall to first blank: “Charles S Keene Kind Regards 1886” above comic self portrait of Crawhall. On the same leaf there a MS account by Keene himself of the gift of the volume by Crawhall, dated March 1886; also inscribed in ink by Crawhall to leaf following preface “Feb 14 1886 The Unknown Author still behind his screen, Sends kindly greeting to his friend Charles Keene”. Also a promotional handbill tipped-in to rear blank for A Jubilee Thought inscribed and signed with a note to George Haydon by Crawhall. Minor scattered foxing, heavier to prelims and endpapers.
Charles Keene, the artist for Punch magazine, had a long intimate friendship and working association with Crawhall and many of his sketches and jokes derived from Crawhall’s originals; Crawhall dedicated Border Notes & Mixty Maxty to Keene in 1880. Keene’s inscribed account of this volume refers to the small size of the edition, and to Crawhall’s earlier long-forgotten donation of another copy to him; Keene therefore gifted this copy to his friend G H Haydon, another Master Fisherman. George Henry Haydon was head steward at Bethlem Royal Hospital, the “Lunatic Asylum”, and during his tenure the artist Richard Dadd was confined there after parricide. Haydon commissioned Dadd in 1855 to paint The Fairy Feller’s Master Stroke which is widely considered to be his most important work; the painting is now in the Tate Britain collection. Handmade in every respect and limited to 40 copies “for friends” Crawhall’s Angling Booke is a legendary rarity among angling collectors.
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