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Country Contentments. Or, the Husbandmans Recreations containing the wholsome experience, in which any ought to recreate himself, after the toyle of more serious businesse. As namely hunting, hawking, coursing with gray-hounds ... bouling, tennis, baloon: the whole art of angling, and the use of the fighting cock. London: William Wilson for George Sawbridge, 1660. Small 4° (some light worming in gutter), 19th-century half calf (a little rubbed).
"Ninth" [in fact tenth] edition. Part 2 of A Way to get Wealth in which there is much advice on hawking and the breeding of grey hounds, and a significant part on angling, but also an early mention of tennis as the equal of archery or bowling "either for health or action". Poynter 34.10; Westwood & Satchell p. 146; Wing M623; cf. Whitman Tennis Origins p. 179.
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