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    [Nicholas Cox]. [The Gentleman's Recreation, in Four Parts, viz. Hunting, Hawking, Fowling, Fishing...]. [London:] [E. Flesher for Maurice Atkins], [1674]. First edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Octavo. 284, [2 advertisement] pages. Ornamental head-pieces. Lacking title page, preliminaries, frontispiece and the four folding plates (half of the Falconry plate remains laid in). Quarter calf over plain paper covered boards, faded gilt on ornamental rules on spine. Binding worn, rubbed, soiled, cracked, surface paper loss, old repairs; hinges cracked, marbled paper remnant on front pastedown, first two blank leaves detached, paper loss in lower corner of E1 affecting text, paper loss of upper half of half-title "Of Hawking" page, Q1 half-title "Of Fishing" missing; occasional holograph ink notes, soiling, small edge tears, creasing, loose leaves and over-opened pages; else a fair copy of this rare book.  

    "The first edition of this book has become very scarce." - [Harting, Bibliotheca Accipitraria, Books on Falconry].

    "This edition has become rare" - [Westwood & Stachell].

    "Cox's book is well composed, comprehensive, and compact. It fills a space in the not overcrowded list of old English hunting and hawking books and certainly compares favourably with Jon Ray's additions to the Ornithology, which deal with fowling and hawking." - [Schwerdt, page 123].

    Wing C6702. Thacher 128-129. W&S 67-69. Schwerdt I:122.  



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