Third edition of The Gentleman’s Recreation by Nicholas Cox, published in 1686.
Twelvemo, 158pp ; 98pp; -187pp. Full leather, title in gilt over red leather label on spine, gilt-ruled bands. Corners lightly bumped and rubbed, spine ends and hinges rubbed. Toning to text pages, occasional finger marks, repair to tear on page 94, soiling to endpapers. Previous owner’s bookplate on front pastedown endpaper. Volume contains Parts 1, 2 and 3 plus individual title pages. Missing the following: general title page and dedication, engraved title page and four folded plates, Part 4 on Fishing and added section on Horsemanship. Despite its issues, this is an attractive leatherbound book on seventeenth century sporting activities.
Each individual part has its own separate title page: The Gentleman’s Recreation: or, A Treatise Giving the Best Directions for Hunting (Part I); The Gentleman’s Recreation: Being a Treatise of Hawking and Faulconry [sic] (Part II); The Gentleman’s Recreation: Containing Direct Rules for the Famous Game of Fowling (Part III). This volume is missing Part IV on Fishing as well as an additional section on Horsemanship.