This section deals with the first edition of The Compleat Angler. It is discussed by Paul Brett and Classic Angling Magazine Editor, Keith Elliott.
An Historical Documentary by Paul Brett about the Life , Times and Legacy of Izaak Walton. heralded as the father of modern Angling and is the third most re-published author in the English Language next to The Bible and Shakespeare. His main works "The Compleat Angler" has over 500 reprints since the first in 1653.
Walton was born in Stafford (1593) during the reign of Elizabeth1 and died in Winchester) 1683 in the reign of James 11. He lived through 4 monarchs and one dictator (Cromwell). He lived through times which saw the English Civil War, The Reformation, The Plague and ensuing Great Fire of London. He died at the age of 90 and is buried in Winchester Cathederal. He was a religious man who wrote Biographies (Lives) of some of the most famous clergy at the time, some of whom were also classed as Metaphysical Poets. He was also the inspiration behind The Izaak Walton League of America, the most powerful conservation organisation in the States.
This film for Web upload purposes in divided into nine parts which contain various expert opinions, civil war re enactments, the actual Compleat Angler 1st Edition and The Universal Angler (1676), which was also a first edition of three books combined - 'The Compleat Angler', Charles Cotton's 'Fishing for Trout & Grayling in a Clear Stream' and Col. Robert Venable's 'Experienced Angler.'
Paul Brett is known worldwide for his 12 string guitar playing and is a keen angler, hosting The Angler's Mail Song/Poetry Competition and writing for Acoustic Magazine and Guitar Buyer.