CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The College of Charleston's Addlestone Library recently received a donation of more than 2,000 historic angling and sporting books recently. The collection contains books published from 1655 to 1950.
Dr. Greville Haslam, a Headmaster at Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania, compiled the collection over the course of 45 years. The donation includes more than 400 volumes of Izaak Walton's "The Compleat Angler", the third most reprinted book in publishing history, exceeded only by the Bible and "Pilgrim's Process". The collection includes the rare 1655 second edition, the 1661 third edition, and the 1676 fifth edition.
"This is a remarkable collection that reflects not just the joys of fishing across three centuries, but offers insight into the environmental issues that challenge us today" said Dr. David Cohen, Dean of Libraries at the College of Charleston. "This is by far the finest collection in the southeast."
The collection will make its public debut during the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition. In addition to select volumes from the collection, photographs, travel journals, and other memorabilia belonging to Dr. Haslam will be on display.
The donation was made to the College by Howard and Mary Phipps.