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Lly reconstruct the work preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy In rare cases an imperfection in the original such as a blemish or missing page may be replicated in our edition We do however repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical work. Five days of fishing along the river Lea which joins the Thames near London is the background on which the cheerful narrative of The Compleat Angler is laid The splendid civil conversation of Latin named Piscator Venator Auceps Viator and Piscator Junior is a joy to hear Shakespeare was just publishing his first work when Izaak Walton was born in 1593 in Stafford Walton retired in his early fifties and traveled about rural England visiting friends fishing and writing in his easy going fashion After publication of The Compleat Angler in 1653 he continued to add to it in his leisurely way for the next uarter century Samuel Johnson praised the book in the eighteenth century and later Charles Lamb recommended The Compleat Angler to Samuel Taylor Coleridge 'It breathes the very spirit of innocence purity and simplicity of heart' he noted 'It would sweeten a man's temper at any time to read it; it would Christianise every angry discordant passion; pray make yourself acuainted with it'At one point Venator tells us that ueen Elizabeth often wished she had been a milk maid and in that spirit I include one of the milk maid's songs that grace these pagesMaudlin sing that song that you sung last night when young Coridon the shepherd played so purely on his oaten pipe to you and your cousin BettyMaud I will motherI married a wife of lateThe 's my unhappy fateI married her for loveAs my fancy did me moveAnd not for a worldly estateBut oh the green sicknessSoon changeth her likeness;And all her beauty did failBut 'tis not so with those that goThrough frost and snowAs all men knowAnd carry the milking pailThe Compleat Angler is a true classic of English literature that owes it's esteem not to advice about fishing but to Izaak Walton's pre occupations and exuisite manner Subtitled The Contemplative Man's Recreation the pages glow with delight in the hills and dales woods and streams of the beloved countryside Walton conveys a message of meek thankful fellowship and peace to all honest civil uiet men 'The Compleat Angler is not about how to fish but about how to be' said novelist Thomas McGuane 'Walton spoke of an amiable mortality and rightness on the earth that has been envied by his readers for three hundred years'
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Excerpt from The Complete Angler or Contemplative Man's Recreation Being a Discourse of Rivers Fish Ponds Fish and Fishing; In Two PartsWhile he continued in London his favourite recrea tion was angling in which he was the greatest profi cient of his time; and indeed so great were his skill and experience in that art t t there is scarce an writer on the subject since his time who has not th. This book was written by two authors Izaak Walton who wrote the larger part and Charles Cotton who wrote a section on fishing in DerbyshireWalton's section was a charming read interspersed with poems and anecdotes Cotton wrote for anglers and since I am not an angler I found it boring at times Devoted, Deadly recrea tion was angling in which he was the greatest profi cient of his time; and indeed so great were his skill and experience in that art t t there is scarce an writer on the subject since his time who has not th. This book was written by two authors Izaak Walton who wrote the larger part and Charles Cotton who wrote a section on fishing in DerbyshireWalton's section was a charming Lisa Star and the Solstice Academy read interspersed with poems and anecdotes Cotton wrote for anglers and since I am not an angler I found it boring at times
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E rules and practice of Walton his very foundation It is therefore with the greatest propriety that Lan haine calls him the common father of all anglers gAbout the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books Find at wwwforgottenbookscomThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work Forgotten Books uses state of the art technology to digita. I tried twice and just could not make it past the first chapter Maybe the practical part is better but the philosophical dialogue on which sport was the best was just painfulFalconer In praise of my sport let me tell you how nothing can live without air and how many lovely songbirds exist in the worldHunter In praise of my sport let me tell you about the amazing ualities of elephantsAngler In praise of my sport let me tell you not only how important water is but how without it we would never be able to sail to wonderful places like Rome and the Holy Land Also have you heard of all the antiuities thereHunter Your sport sounds fascinating Tell me I may be looking at this from the wrong angle but fishing is wonderful because Roman antiuities Ummmwhat Also once they get past the preliminary discussions of elements this happensAngler Four of Jesus' twelve disciples were fisherman true and Jesus never rebuked them for their job like He did tax collectors which only proves that fishing isn't sinful and this shows that the calling of a fisherman is particularly fitted to produce uiet pious thoughtful men Ummm you do realize you're speaking about Peter and the sons of thunder here I was definitely laughing but not in a good way Just couldn't keep it up