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64 Walton (Isaac, 1593-1683) THE LIVES OF DONNE, WOTTON, HOOKER, HERBERT, and SANDERSON. Svo, polished calf, gilt.
Clarendon Press : Oxford 1824 “He [Dr. Johnson] talked of Isaac Walton's Lives, which was one of his most favourite books." Boswell (1848) 452.
mencing : “The work which your Lordship has been pleased to not been published. It was printed by me with a view to priv: tion only.” Russia, gold borders on sides, gilt back, m.e £1 2 6
Printed by William Bulmer & Co.: Lowndes 2102 : Privately printed.”'
THE COPY OF A LETTER WRIT TO
MR. IZAAK WALTON,
LORD BISHOP OF CHICHESTER.
HONEST IZAAK, THOUGH a familiarity of more than forty years continuance, and the constant experience of your love, even in the worst of the late sad times, be sufficient to endear our friendship; yet I must confess my affection much improved, not only by evidences of private respect to many that know and love you, but by your new demonstration of a public spirit, testified in a diligent, true, and useful collection of so many material
passages as you have now afforded me in the Life of venerable Mr. Hooker; of which, since desired by such a friend as yourself, I shall not deny to give the testimony of what I know concerning him and his learned books: but shall first here take a fair occasion to tell
you, have been happy in choosing to write the Lives of three such persons, as posterity hath just cause to honour; which they will do the more for the true relation of them by your happy pen: of all which I shall give you my unfeigned
I shall begin with my most dear and incomparable friend Dr. Donne, late dean of St. Paul's church, who not only trusted me as his executor, but three days before his death delivered into my hands those excellent sermons of his, now made public; professing before Dr. Winniff, Dr. Monford, and, I think, yourself then present at his bed-side, that it was by my restless importunity, that he had prepared them for the press : together with which (as his best legacy) he