BLOME, RICHARD, [AND NICHOLAS COX].
The Gentleman's Recreation. London: S. Roycroft for Richard Blome, 1686.
2 parts in one volume. Folio (400 x 255 mm). , 236; , 280,  pp. Title in red and black, approbation leaf. Engraved allegorical frontispiece, 10 plates of subscribers' arms, 75 plates, some of which are by Francis Barlow. Period speckled calf. Wanting final blank, a few plates shaved close, very unobtrusively rebacked preserving original spine.
Provenance: member of the Crawley-Boevy family (anonymous armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. The first part deals with all manner of arts and sciences including navigation; the second with horsemanship, hunting, hawking, fishing, agriculture etc., including well-executed plates with engraved dedications below the image. Schwerdt notes that "perfect copies are rarely found; the imprimatur leaf, some of the plates of arms, especially the 10th, and the plate of horsemanship inscribed to Sir John Skeffington [all present here], are often missing." Schwerdt I 72; Wing B213.
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