A set of 5 framed plates from the first part of The gentlemans recreation in two parts : the first being an encyclopedy of the arts and sciences ... the second part treats of horsmanship, hawking, hunting, fowling, fishing, and agriculture : with a short treatise of cock-fighting ... : all which are collected from the most authentick authors, and the many gross errors therein corrected, with great enlargements ... : and for the better explanation thereof, great variety of useful sculptures, as nets, traps, engines, &c. are added for the taking of beasts, fowl and fish : not hitherto published by any : the whole illustrated with about an hundred ornamental and useful sculptures engraven in copper, relating to the several subjects. London: Printed by S. Roycroft for Richard Blome ..., 1686. Hand-coloured, with pictorial illustrations in lower borders & elsewhere, some engraved titles & dedications.
One of the great 17th-century sporting titles, covering all subjects of interest and use to a gentleman, beginning with summaries of logic, natural philosophy, astronomy, navigation, warfare, drawing and painting and handling in considerable detail horsemanship, hawking, hunting, and agriculture. Many of its plates are dedicated to a member of the nobility or gentry, some of whom lent their knowledge and expertise to the work
Gramer, page 1 Dedicated top left 'To the Right Honorable Charles Earle of Wiltshireson and heyre to ye Rt noble Charles Marquess of Winchester. This plate is humbly dedicated by Richard Blome'. Bottom centre 'Vox Literata et articulata debito Modo pronuntiata'. ' Gramer hath two parts' The central oval bearing all the letters of the alphabet.
Geography Dedicated top left 'To the Rt Honble George Berkeley Lt Berkeley, Mambray, Segrave & bruce, Baron of Berkeley Castle & Earle of berkeley & one of the Lords of his majestyes most Honble Privi Councellor. anno Dom 1678. This Plate is humbly Dedicated by Ricd Blome. 'Geography is either'
Naturall & Morall Philosophy, P72 Dedicated top left 'To the Rt Honourable William Pierrpont, Earle of Kingston upon Hull, Viscount Newark upon Trent Baron of Holme Pierrepont Manvers & Herris & c. This plate is Humbly DD by R. Blome.' 'Philosophy is either Naturall or Morall'
An Encyclopedy Of Ye Arts & Sciences Dedicated top right 'To his Sacred Majty James II By y Grace of God King of England, Scotland, France & Ireland, Defender of ye Faith. This Plate in all Humility is Consecrated. By Richd Blome.' 'To Phillosophy may be attributed the Liberall Arts which are either'. 'Sapientia est nosse divina & humana & herum casuas'.
Musik Dedicated top left ' To the Hon'able S'r John Rerersby of Thribergh in ye West Riding of Yorkshire Baronet Governour of ye City of York and Burlington. This plate is humbly dedicated by Ric Blome'. 'Musick treats of Sounds'
The backs bearing a label Baynton-Williams, dealer old maps and prints
In original black and gold frames length 35cm., 13 1/2", 50cm., 19 1/2 " 38cm 15" x 23cm., 9"(within mounts).
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