BLOME, Richard (d.1705). The Gentleman's Recreation. London: S.Roycroft for Richard Blome, 1686.
2° (405 x 258mm). Imprimatur leaf, title in red and black, engraved additional title and 84 plates and diagrams, woodcut illustrations. (Some neat repairs to inner blank margins, light marginal worming, small tear to plate 31.) 19th-century panelled calf, gilt armorial on covers (upper joint somewhat split, some light scuffing). Provenance: Sir John Bowyer (armorial bookplate); Richard Tristram (bookplate); the Barons Sherborne (binding, Sherborne library bookplate); Myles Kennedy (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. "Perfect copies are rarely found; the imprimatur, some of the plates of arms, especially the 10th, and the plate of horsemanship inscribed to Sir John Skeffington, are often missing" (Schwerdt). Wing B-3213; Schwerdt I, p.72; Harting 41.