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    Sale 5310

    The Sporting Sale

    1 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 184


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    The School of Recreation: Or, A Guide to the most ingenious exercises of Hunting, Riding, Racing, Fireworks, Military Discipline, The Service of Defence, Hawking, Tennis, Bowling, Ringing, Singing, Cock-Fighting, Fowling, Angling. London: A. Bettesworth, 1720. 12°, engraved frontispiece showing six sporting scenes, woodcut music (frontispiece with clean tear into image and tear at inner margin, title with heavy ink inscription and pencil erasure at head, C11 and F11 torn with slight loss at corners, spotting and browning, occasional stains, some headlines shaved), contemporary calf (spine worn, upper cover almost detached). Provenance: 'Job Sousley's Book, Hampstead Norris Berks, 1844' (inscription on front pastedown and final leaf).

    Fifth edition. Though reduced in overall length, the account of tennis still features the popular poem on "The Tennis-Court". Seven editions of this scarce booklet were published up to 1736.

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