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THE following, relating to Dr. Bethune's edition of Walton, is taken from Westwood's Chronicle:
“The next addition to our rapidly lengthening list, is the American reprint, published at New York, under the editorial auspices of Dr. G. W. Bethune. Could we admit the necessity of erudition in this case, we should be disposed to assign to Dr. Bethune's version a foremost rank in the annotated series. The wisdom he brings to bear on his task is of the benevolent order, cordial, reverent, and sympathetic, and his criticism has nothing in common either with the flippant or dry-as-dust school. For the lover of angling books, and for the collector especially, there is no edition so useful as this. In his 'Bibliographical Preface,' the editor gives an extended catalogue raisonné of the earlier literature of the sport, and in the Appendix we have his Waltonian Library,' or list of angling books, including some three hundred works, besides many on ichthyology. He gives us also an enlarged list of the authorities referred to by Walton; another of the books formerly belonging to him (and containing his autograph inscriptions) in the cathedral library of Salisbury; a third of those which have been attributed to him; and a fourth of the works of Cotton. These addenda are gathered, of course, from various known sources, but nowhere else do we find united so complete a body of angling-book statistics, and so large an accumulation of collateral data. **** The intrinsic merit of the book, however, is so great, that we hope some day to see it taken up by a publisher on our own side of the Atlantic, and reissued with all the honors." * * *
CONTEMPLATIVE MAN'S RECREATION, BY
INSTRUCTIONS HOW TO ANGLE FOR A TROUT OR
WITH COPIOUs Notes, for THE MOST PART Original,
A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL PREFACE
A NOTICE OF COTTON AND HIS WRITINGS,
BY THE AMERICAN EDITOR.
(GEO. W. BETHUNE, D.D.)
NEW EDITION, WITH SOME ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS
JOHN WILEY & SONS.