London, South Kensington
1 September 2008
The Experienc'd Huntsman. Belfast: James Blow, 1714. Small 8° (without final errata leaf, title with 1in. internal tear near head, preface with large ink stain at head also affecting title verso, margins cut close causing slight loss to P6r and T6, U1 with short tear touching on text, some spots and stains), late 19th-century russia tooled in gilt and blind (lightly rubbed). Provenance: John Arthur Brooke, Fenay Hall (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BOOK ON IRISH HUNTING, from one of the earliest presses in Belfast where printing was established in 1697/98. The author was among the first to argue that a pack of hounds should be specifically trained to hunt foxes and avoid other game. ESTC records 5 copies at BL, Cambridge University Library, Linen Hall Library, Belfast, Virginia State Library and Yale. Schwerdt IV, p. 88: "Exceedingly rare".
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
No VAT on hammer price or buyer's premium.
The Plantin Polyglot bible — offered on 11 July — makes an emotional homecoming to the Antwerp printing press where it was produced some 450 years ago
Marianne Ihlen inspired some of the Canadian poet and musician’s greatest work. A selection of his gifts to her are offered in Valuable Books & Manuscripts on 11 July
What leading art, technology and finance specialists said at the inaugural Art +Tech Summit at Christie’s in London
From Connecticut to Kent in southeast England, homes with links to such classic works as Desire under the Elms, Lord of the Flies and The Deep Blue Sea