THE BOOK OF HAWKING, HUNTING AND FISHING: The boke of hawkyinge and Huntynge and fysshynge. [London:] Wynkyn de Worde, [c.1518].
THE BOOK OF HAWKING, HUNTING AND FISHING: The boke of hawkyinge and Huntynge and fysshynge. [London:] Wynkyn de Worde, [c.1518].

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THE BOOK OF HAWKING, HUNTING AND FISHING: The boke of hawkyinge and Huntynge and fysshynge. [London:] Wynkyn de Worde, [c.1518].

Chancery 4° (181 x 126mm). Collation: A-F8.4 G6 H4 (A1r title with woodcut, A1v treatise on hawking, C8r treatise on hunting, F1v treatise on angling, H4v colophon, printer's device). 46 leaves. 33 lines. Black letter type: 95mm. Two large woodcuts, one of noblemen and huntsmen with a falcon and dog [Hodnett 892], the other of an angler [Hodnett 897], woodcuts in the text of fishing tackle (hooks, floaters, etc.), woodcut device [McKerrow 25]. (Title-page slightly extended at fore-margin with rule border of margin renewed, small internal repairs without loss, extreme upper corners repaired.) With the TITLE-PAGE OF THE 1496 EDITION (STC 3309), including two woodcuts [Hodnett 892, 1309], tipped in at end (partly defective, with upper section s in pen-and-ink facsimile, stained). 19th-century tan straight-grained morocco gilt, monogram of George Daniel on front cover, flat spine lettered with title (minor rubbing at extremities); modern linen chemise and tan morocco slipcase. Provenance: [Haworth ('formerly Haworth's' - Harting)] -- George Daniel (notes dated 1834; binding; sale 20 July 1864, £110) -- Robert Huth (bookplate; sale Sotheby's, 20 November 1911, lot 607, £200) -- C.F.G.R. Schwerdt (bookplate; catalogue I: 61; sale Sotheby's, 22 May 1939, lot 182; £560 to Lucien Benezy) -- Marcel Jeanson (bookplate; sale Sotheby's, 28 February 1987, lot 60, FF280,000) -- [Bloomsbury Book Auctions, 15 June 2005, £110,000].

UNIQUE COPY of the second edition of the Treatise on Fishing, the earliest printed English work on the subject, and third edition of the Book of Hawking and Hunting. Its charming woodcut of an angler was the earliest illustration of an angler printed in England when it first appeared in the 1496 edition; it is thought to depict the River Ver in Hertfordshire with Sopwell Priory in the background (cf. Buller, Falkus, et al., Treatise of fishing, 2001). The Treatise of Fishing was widely disseminated in both manuscript and printed editions, and it directly influenced later works on the subject such as Mascall's Booke of Fishing, Markham's Pleasures of Princes, and Izaak Walton's Compleat Angler.

The Book of Hawking and Hunting was first printed in 1486 at St. Albans without the Treatise on Fishing but with a treatise on heraldry. De Worde reprinted all of these works on gentlemanly pursuits in 1496 and then produced various separate editions into the 16th century. The treatise on hunting is sometimes ascribed in the text (not here) to Dame Juliana Berners. See E. Pafort, 'Notes on the Wynkyn de Worde Editions of the Boke of St. Albans and its Separates', Studies in Bibliography 5, 1952-3, pp. 43-52 (erroneously distinguishing the Bodleian and Schwerdt copies as two separate editions). Harting, Bib. Accipitraria, p.3; STC 3309.5; Westwood and Satchell, p.25.
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