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The Lives

WALTON (Izaak).

WALTON (Izaak).

The Lives of Dr. John Donne, Sir Henry Wotton, Mr. Richard Hooker, Mr. George Herbert, and Dr. Robert Sanderson. To which are added, the Autographs of those Eminent Men, now First Collected; an Index, and illustrative notes.

Engraved frontispiece with the facsimile autographs, 10 plates, 52 woodcuts in the text, and extra-illustrated with 36 plates.

First Major Edition. 8vo. [178 x 108 x 52 mm]. xviii, [ii], 503, [1] pp. Bound c.1920 by Bayntun (signed with ink pallet on front endleaf), in half red goatskin with red cloth sides. Spine divided into six panels with thick gilt tooled bands, lettered in second and fourth and at the foot, the others with double fillet compartments, centre tool and small circles in corners, marbled endleaves, top edge gilt. Later red cloth slipcase.
London: [printed at the Shakespeare Press by W. Nicol for] John Major, 1825

A few spots, but a very good copy. The binding remains in excellent condition, and it is pleasing to note that the binder retained the uncut edges. George Bayntun (1873-1940) was a prolific extra-illustrator, and bought up vast stocks of engravings, mostly portraits, which are still stored in the shop in Bath. The plates chosen for this volume are mostly portraits of the usual suspects, along with three views and a Biblical scene. A number of the portraits are taken from John Thane's British Autography (1793-98), and George Bayntun owned the original copper plates (12 of them are now in the Lilly Library in Indiana).

However, there is a small and faint ink pallet at the foot of the rear endleaf reading "Extra [Illustrated] by A. W. Waters. Leamington Spa". Arthur Waters was an author (The Token Coinage of South London issued in the 18th and 19th Centuries (1904) and Tickets and Passes of Great Britain and Ireland (1922)) and publisher (Trial of Thomas Spence in 1801 (1917), The Silver Token-Coinage mainly issued between 1811 and 1812 (1922) and Twelve Extra Illustrations to the Pickwick Papers (1921)). The National Art Library has a 56pp Catalogue of cheap portraits of famous personages offered for sale by A. W. Waters, Leamington Spa [c.1920] and Reading University has a copy of Walton's The Anglers' Calendar (1899), extra-illustrated by Waters with 52 plates. His pallet in the volume could only have been added after the book was bound and so it appears that George Bayntun was crediting him with the selection of the additional plates - evidence that we may once have out-sourced some of our work.

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