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GERVASE MARKHAM

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GERVASE MARKHAM
Country Contentments: or, The Husbandmans Recreations....

London: Thomas Harper for John Harrison, 1633. 4° (19 x 13.9cm), woodcut initials and typographical ornaments (washed, E1 short at upper margin, residual stain affecting corners of E5-6, without final blank), mottled calf by W. Pratt, gilt edges (front cover detached, extremities rubbed, lacks one of two spine labels). Provenance: J.W. Leslie, Combe Court (bookplate). "Fifth" edition. The title-page gives a short list of recreations which include "Hunting, Hawking, Coursing with Grey-hound, and the lawes of the Lease, Shooting in Longbow or Crosbow, Bowling, Tennis, Baloone...." A description of the last two comes at the end of a chapter otherwise devoted to the two forms of archery (pp. 56-58). STC 17345; cf. Henderson pp. 179, 180, and 183, citing other editions.
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Christie's South Kensington, The Railing Tennis Collection, 17 November 2005, lot 42.
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