The Pleasures Of Princes. The Experienced Angler.
The Cresset Press Ltd.
The pleasures of princes or good mens recreations by gervase markham together with the experienced angler by colonel robert venables with a preface by horace hutchinson. the text of this edition...is limited to 650 copies...this copy is number 495.
8vo. 6.75 x 8.25 inches. xxiii + [i] + 111 +  pp. Facsimile title pages of original editions. Bound in original quarter vellum, gilt over light brown boards. Top edges gilt. A few stains on boards and lower edge and fly leaves browned and foxed; otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by text figures and by facsimile of engraved title page of The Experienced Angler. Decorated by vignette on title page of The Pleasures of Princes and by publisher's device on title page. Limited edition reprint of two early books on Angling. Gervase Markham (c.1568-1637) descended from a Nottinghamshire gentry family, was a prolific writer and tenant farmer, whose non-literary works included military training, domestic economy, veterinary medicine and horsemanship in addition to husbandry. The Pleasures of Princes first appeared as part of The English Husbandman of 1614 (new edition, 1635). Colonel Robert Venables (c.1613-87), from a Puritan Cheshire gentry family, fought for Parliament in the Civil War in Cheshire and later in Ireland, 1649-54. As joint commander of the 'Western Design' expedition against Spanish possessions in the West Indies, he captured Jamaica in 1665. After the Restoration he retired to his Cheshire estate and published the first edition of The Experienced Angler, with a preface by his friend, Izaak Walton, in 1662.
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