Country Contentments: or, The Husbandmans Recreations. Contayning the wholesome Experiences, in which any man ought to Recreate himselfe after the toyle of more serious Businesse. As namely, Hunting, Hawking, Coursing with Grey-hounds and the lawes of the Lease, Shooting in Long-bowe or Cross-bowe, Bowling, Tennis, Baloone. The whole Art of Angling, and the use of the Fighting Cocke. By G M. Gervase Markham.
Country Contentments: or, The Husbandmans Recreations. Contayning the wholesome Experiences, in which any man ought to Recreate himselfe after the toyle of more serious Businesse. As namely, Hunting, Hawking, Coursing with Grey-hounds and the lawes of the Lease, Shooting in Long-bowe or Cross-bowe, Bowling, Tennis, Baloone. The whole Art of Angling, and the use of the Fighting Cocke. By G M

First separate edition

Country Contentments: or, The Husbandmans Recreations. Contayning the wholesome Experiences, in which any man ought to Recreate himselfe after the toyle of more serious Businesse. As namely, Hunting, Hawking, Coursing with Grey-hounds and the lawes of the Lease, Shooting in Long-bowe or Cross-bowe, Bowling, Tennis, Baloone. The whole Art of Angling, and the use of the Fighting Cocke. By G M.

London: Printed by Nicholas Okes, for Iohn Harison, at the golden Unicorne in Pater-noster-row, 1631.

"The fourth edition. Newly Corrected, Enlarged, and Adorned with many excellent Additions, as may appeare by this marke [pointing hand]" First separate edition. [12], 118, [2] pp. Lacking first and final leaves, blank. 1 vols. 4to in 8's (18.5 cm). First separate edition. 19th-century black pebbled cloth, upper cover lettered simply in gilt, "COUNTRY | CONTENTMENTS | G.M." Title page somewhat soiled, outer margin with a 1/2-inch darkened streak, text generally somewhat toned. Poynter 34.5b; STC 17344; ESTC S112050; Biscotti, Six Centuries of Foxhunting, p. 242. Item #243817

First published in 1615 (STC 17342), with its companion book THE ENGLISH HUSWIFE, which was printed again separately in 1623. This second edition of THE HUSBANDMANS RECREATIONS, without that book's section on horses, is actually the first edition ever printed separately, and it is quite scarce on the market: only three copies have appeared at auction over the last quarter century (the last of which brought $2,983).

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