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some names distinguished in literature, forming strong evidence of the homage which, at the distance of nearly two centuries, is paid by genius to the worth of " Honest Izaak.*

Among the individuals by whose contributions this edition has been enriched, the names of Sir Henry Ellis, K.H., the Principal Librarian of the British Museum ; the Rev. Dr Bliss, of the Bodleian Library; Charles George Young, Esq., York Herald; George Frederick Beltz, Esq., K.H., Lancaster Herald; the Rev. Joseph Hunter; Richard Thomson, Esq., of the London Institution; Mr John Baker; Sir Francis Sykes, Bart.; Mr Cafe ; Thomas B. Chinn, Esq., of Lichfield; Edward Jesse, Esq., of Hampton Court; the late Joseph Haslewood, Esq.; B. H. Bright, Esq.; and Mr Hatcher, of Salisbury, are deserving of particular commemoration.

As the Editor was well aware of his incompetency to make any addition to the science of halieutics, he undertook with reluctance the task of superintending an edition of the Complete Angler. He felt that, on such matters, he might, like Alexander Brome, in his address to Walton, ask himself,

"What make I here, to write of that I'm unskill'd in, and talk I know not what?"

His reluctance was, however, but of short duration, for no one who daily witnessed the Publisher's enthusiasm could possibly withstand its influence. He relieved him from all his difficulties by selecting the notes which relate to the art; while his own attention was entirely bestowed on the literary and biographical parts of the work. It has been to his friend Mr Pickering literally a labour of love. Neither time nor expense was spared to produce an edition of the Complete Angler worthy of the state of the Arts at the present day, and of the importance which was, in his opinion, due to the subject; Day," "The Fourth Day," and "The Fifth Day ; " and no other notice is taken of the chapters than by stating at the head of each day the chapters which it contains, and inserting, in the margin, the number and title of each of them as they occur in the fifth edition.

A similar plan has also been adopted with respect to the Second Part of the work, by Charles Cotton, the dialogue of which occupies three days.

The research which has been used in seeking for new materials for the Lives of Walton and Cotton has been rewarded with great success; and it is not a little remarkable, that the sources which have proved most fertile were as accessible to his former as to his present biographer. The prefaces to Walton's Lives of Donne, Wotton, Hooker, Herbert, and Sanderson, as well as those memoirs themselves, abound in anecdotes or traits of character of their amiable author, which had been unaccountably neglected. Walton's other pieces were scarcely less valuable for this purpose; and the same remark applies to the various productions of Charles Cotton. To every other source of information diligent application has also been made; and many new facts, especially as to family connections, have been brought to light. The plan upon which the Memoirs of Walton and Cotton have been written, was to introduce every word in which they have alluded to themselves, so as to render them, as far as was practicable, their own biographers. With this view, all their Letters which could be found, and the prefaces and dedications to their works, have been printed at length, whenever they, in any way, illustrated the character of the writers.

The pleasing duty remains of offering both the Publisher's and the Editor's thanks to those numerous persons from whom they have derived assistance. The list is long, and contains some names distinguished in literature, forming strong evidence of the homage which, at the distance of nearly two centuries, is paid by genius to the worth of " Honest Izaak."

Among the individuals by whose contributions this edition has been enriched, the names of Sir Henry Ellis, K.H., the Principal Librarian of the British Museum ; the Rev. Dr Bliss, of the Bodleian Library; Charles George Young, Esq., York Herald; George Frederick Beltz, Esq., K.H., Lancaster Herald; the Rev. Joseph Hunter; Richard Thomson, Esq., of the London Institution; Mr John Baker; Sir Francis Sykes, Bart.; Mr Cafe ; Thomas B. Chinn, Esq., of Lichfield; Edward Jesse, Esq., of Hampton Court; the late Joseph Haslewood, Esq.; B. H. Bright, Esq.; and Mr Hatcher, of Salisbury, are deserving of particular commemoration.

As the Editor was well aware of his incompetency to make any addition to the science of halieutics, he undertook with reluctance the task of superintending an edition of the Complete Angler. He felt that, on such matters, he might, like Alexander Brome, in his address to Walton, ask himself,

"What make I here, to write of that I'm unskill'd in, and talk I know not what?"

His reluctance was, however, but of short duration, for no one who daily witnessed the Publisher's enthusiasm could possibly withstand its influence. He relieved him from all his difficulties by selecting the notes which relate to the art; while his own attention was entirely bestowed on the literary and biographical parts of the work. It has been to his friend Mr Pickering literally a labour of love. Neither time nor expense was spared to produce an edition of the Complete Angler worthy of the state of the Arts at the present day, and of the importance which was, in his opinion, due to the subject; and during seven years in which the work has been in progress, his ardour never for a moment abated. It is now for the public to judge of the result of his efforts; and the Editor, who has so often benefited by his bibliographical knowledge, cannot deny himself the pleasure of expressing a hope that he to whose taste and exertions these volumes owe nearly all their value, may derive from them the credit which he so well deserves.

N. HARRIS NICOLAS.

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