Richard Blome was among the most active publishers of cartographic and illustrated books in late 17th and early 18th century London. He was the first publisher in England for 40 years to prepare a new folio world atlas, the first in over 60 years to publish a new set of folio county maps, the first to seriously plan an illustrated description of London, and the first to plan a series of volumes related to the various world continents. In the 1680s, Blome issued The Gentleman’s Recreation, The History of The Old Testament and a three-volume translation of the works of French philosopher Rene Descartes.
Full Title: The Gentleman’s Recreations: In Three Parts. The Full Part contains A Short and Easie Introduction to all the Liberal Arts and Sciences, &c. The Second treats of Horsemanship, Hawking, Hunting, Fowling, Fishing, Agriculture, &c. Done from the most Authentick Authors…The Third is A Compleat Body of all our Forest, Chace, and Game-Laws, as they are at this Time…
Condition: Generally very good, with the usual light toning, soiling, soft creases. Some with short tears and small chips at margin, all can be matted out. Some with remnants of hinges, top margin, verso.
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Harris, Andrew. “The Vernons of Hanbury Hall.” Dodderhill Parish Survey Project. 2007. http://www.dodderhillhistory.org.uk/Default.aspx?tabid=136 (22 June 2010).
Harting, James Edmund. Bibliotheca Accipitraria. A Catalogue of Books Ancient & Modern Relating to Falconry. 1891. Reprint ed. Mansfield Center, CT: Martino Publishing, 2000. pp. 30-31.
Schwerdt, Charles Francis George Richard. Hunting, Hawking, Shooting Illustrated in A Catalogue of Books, Manuscripts, Prints, and Drawings Collected by C.G.F.R. Schwerdt. Vol 1. 1928-1937. Reprint ed. Mansfield Center, CT: Martino Publishing, 1996. p. 72.