BLOME (RICHARD) AND NICHOLAS COX The Gentlemans Recreation. In Two Parts. The First Being an Encyclopedy of the Arts and Sciences... the Second Part, Treats of Horsemanship, Hawking, Hunting, Fowling, Fishing, and Agriculture. With a Short Treatise of Cock-fighting, FIRST EDITION, S. Roycroft, for Richard Blome, 1686
Lot 155
BLOME (RICHARD) AND NICHOLAS COX
The Gentlemans Recreation. In Two Parts. The First Being an Encyclopedy of the Arts and Sciences... the Second Part, Treats of Horsemanship, Hawking, Hunting, Fowling, Fishing, and Agriculture. With a Short Treatise of Cock-fighting, FIRST EDITION, S. Roycroft, for Richard Blome, 1686
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The Library of Count Umberto Caproni di Taliedo
[BLOME (RICHARD) AND NICHOLAS COX]
The Gentlemans Recreation. In Two Parts. The First Being an Encyclopedy of the Arts and Sciences... the Second Part, Treats of Horsemanship, Hawking, Hunting, Fowling, Fishing, and Agriculture. With a Short Treatise of Cock-fighting, FIRST EDITION, title printed in red and black, engraved frontispiece and 85 plates (including 10 plates of the subscribers' arms), woodcut illustrations in the text, letterpress imprimatur leaf facing title, light stain to fore-margin of approximately 120 pages spreading across 2 plates and approximately 12 pages, contemporary calf, rebacked, corners refurbished [ESTC R23267; Harting 41; Schwerdt I, p.72; Westwood & Satchell p 351], folio (405 x 255mm.), S. Roycroft, for Richard Blome, 1686; and 4 others, including 2 attractively bound fragmentary parts of George Turbeville's The Booke of Faulconrie or Hauking, 1575 (5)

Footnotes

  • 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." The section devoted to falconry is illustrated with five plates.

    Provenance: W.H. Campbell, nineteenth century bookplate, and ink note on in upper margin of title, "This book is well worth five Guineas... 22 May, 1820"; "I paid £15 for this book on 18 April 1911", later inscription on title.
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