1 September 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 4,000
Estimate GBP 400 - GBP 600
The School of Recreation: Or, The Gentlemans Tutor to those most ingenious exercises of Hunting, Racing, Hawking, Riding, Cock-Fighting, Fowling, Fishing, Shooting, Bowling, Tennis, Ringing, Billiards. London: H. Rhodes, 1684. 12°, engraved frontispiece showing six sporting scenes, final advertisement leaf, contemporary calf (spine restored, covers worn at lower edges, slightly bowed). Provenance: Edward Rooper (early signature on front free endpaper).
FIRST EDITION. "Of Tennis" includes "The Tennis-Court", a seven stanza poem concluding: "Thus in the Tennis-Court, Love is A Pleasure mixt with Pain". Schwerdt I, p. 225: "a scarce and comprehensive booklet on a great variety of British sports"; Westwood & Satchell p. 110; Wing H3194.
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