First edition, first printing. Inscribed association copy. With an autograph letter signed and the original prospectus. Publisher's original half vellum over bevelled grey paper-covered boards with black titles and illustration to spine and lower board, coloured city crest woodcut with date to upper board. Top edge red, uncut to the fore edge and bottom edge. Hand coloured title page, with woodcut illustrations throughout. Foolscap 4to. A better than very good copy, the binding square and firm, the vellum corner pieces a little marked, the grey paper scuffed and marked to the extremities. The contents with a small bookplate and hand painted coat of arms to the front pastedown are otherwise clean throughout. Loosely laid in is the original four page illustrated and hand coloured prospectus for this book stating a limited number of this title will be printed: Plain Copies [as here] at one guinea, and Large Paper Copies, coloured throughout at two guineas. A fine association copy with associated extras
Inscribed in black ink on the dedication page "Thomas Westwood / from his friend / Joseph Crawhall / all kind regards / Nov 6th 85". Tipped in at the front endpaper is a revealing four page letter from Crawhall to his close friend, fellow angler and Isaac Walton bibliographer Thomas Westwood "My dear Westwood, I write this in mental agony, having quite forgotten about the "Wallet Booke" - however I have written to Field and Tuer to send me a copy & I guarantee you shall not be a loser by the delay. How are you my dear friend? I've been so very so so lately..." going on to explain about his health issues and that he has been having fits sometimes 10 or 12 a day which although he doesn't fall down paralyses him for half a minute or so "I've committed most eminent men in London and Edinburgh as to my ailment & they agree in attributing it to the gas explosion from which I suffered some years ago", Crawhall goes on to briefly discuss working on children's books and local history and that he'll send a [this] copy with the Wallet Book adding "I don't imagine I'll do much more in literature as I have to be kept quiet".
Stock code: 16471