BLOME, Richard (1635-1705) and Nicholas COX]
The Gentleman's Recreations ... The Whole Illustrated withs near an hundred Copper-Cuts relating to the several Subjects, particularly all Sorts of Nets, Engines, Traps, &c. are added for the Taking of Wild-Beasts, Fowl, Fish &c ... The Second Edition Corrected ...
London: Printed for R. Bonwicke .. J. Walthoe ... [et. al.], 1710. Folio. (15 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches). 3 parts in one volume. , 290; , 385, ; 67 pages. Text in two columns. Engraved additional title, 80 engraved plates on 77 leaves. Numerous woodcut illustrations within the text.
Contemporary panelled calf, rebacked to style, red morocco lettering piece in the second compartment, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, endpapers renewed
Provenance: Robert William Halhed (early signature on title)
A superb illustrated work on English country house living and sport in the early 18th century.
The first part deals with the liberal arts and sciences, including architecture, astronomy and cosmology, astrology, geography, mathematics, military theory, music, philosophy, rhetoric, sculpture, etc; the remaining parts are an important treatise on sporting and agriculture, i.e. horsemanship, hawking, hunting, fowling, fishing, hunting, and game laws. First published in 1680, the present second edition is considerably expanded. Many of the plates by Blome include the arms of various patrons in the lower margins.
Westwood & Satchell, pp.67-69; Harting pp. 30-31; Schwerdt, I: p. 72.