Our current exhibit, The Compleat Angler: And Other Meditations on the Art and Philosophy of Fishing, 15th Century to the Present, features literary works that combine sport with the contemplative spirit of angling, published from the 15th century to the present. The exhibit begins with the 17th century editions of The Compleat Angler written by Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton, with quotations from the 1676 edition woven throughout the exhibit. We also have on display digitized images of engravings from the 1822 and the 1836 editions.
Also included are 15th century to present-day works of art and angling-related literature with highlighted excerpts by writers that influenced, or were inspired or challenged by The Compleat Angler. On loan for this exhibit are the 1653 edition of The Compleat Angler from Special Collections at Hunt Library, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, and the 1885 edition of The Secrets of Angling by John Dennys, from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The other editions of The Compleat Angler are from the Bernard Horne-Izaak Walton Collection, and the Darlington and Leuba collections, all located in Archives & Special Collections at the University of Pittsburgh.
The exhibit is located in the Reading Room at Archives & Special Collections, 363 Hillman Library from Spring - Fall 2017, during Reading Room regular hours, M-F, 9am-4:45pm, unless otherwise noted. Please call or email with any questions: