AN extensively illustrated early copy of Izaak’s Walton’s famous book The Compleat Angler is up for sale and could raise over £40,000.
That’s the prediction of Salisbury based angling book dealers John and Judiith Heath, who say that their figure is based on a recent first edition sale of the 1836 book, which fetched $70,000.
The extended 10 volume version of the book includes 1303 hand painted illustrations by some of the prominent artists of the day, plus additional entries by leading writers and engravers. It had spent several years in a private collection, but the owners have decided to sell it.