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    Sale 5310

    The Sporting Sale

    1 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 87


    Price Realised  



    The Booke of Falconrie or Havvking; for the onely delight and pleasure of all the noblemen and gentlemen. London: Thomas Purfoot, 1611. Small 4° in 8's, title with large woodcut showing the Earl of Warwick in a hawking costume and 43 illustrations (a few repeated), with the final blank (verso of contents leaf and recto of following leaf soiled at margin, persistent marginal waterstaining sometimes affecting bottom of text). Issue with catchword "of" on A1 recto. [Bound with:]

    [GASCOIGNE, George]. The Noble Art of Venerie or Hunting. London: Thomas Purfoot, 1611. Small 4° in 8's, large woodcut of a scene of huntsmen and dogs on title and 48 illustrations (a few repeated), with initial blank, 2 leaves of music: "The measures of blowing" at end (light waterstaining to lower corners, occasional soil marks).

    2 works in one volume, contemporary vellum, "Theod Graswinckel" stamped in blind on front cover, yapp edges, ties, title in manuscript on spine (sides a little stained, vellum slightly split along front joints, lacking two ties). Provenance: Theod Graswinckel (binding) -- John Watson (bookplate) -- Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928, bookplate dated 1890).

    Second editions, first published in 1575. These well-known 16th-century hawking and hunting works are often found bound together. George Turberville's (?1540-1610) Booke of Falconrie adapts the works of Giorgi, Carcano, Tardif and Artelouche, while Gascoine's Noble Art of Venerie is an adaptation of Jacques Du Fouilloux's La Veneré. Although the blocks used in this edition were largely unaltered from the 1575 edition, the woodcuts on F6 recto and I3 recto show the new monarch, James I, rather than Elizabeth I. Schwerdt II, pp. 270-71; Souhart 469; STC 24325 and 24329.

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