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The Young Sportman's [sic] Instructor in Angling, Fowling, Hawking, Hunting, Ordering Singing Birds, Hawks, Poultry, Coneys, Hares and Dogs and how to Cure them. By G.M. by  Gervase] [Markham - First edition - 1706 - from James Cummins Bookseller and Biblio.com

The Young Sportman's [sic] Instructor in Angling, Fowling, Hawking, Hunting, Ordering Singing Birds, Hawks, Poultry, Coneys, Hares and Dogs and how to Cure them. By G.M.

by [Markham, Gervase]

Condition: Later 18th-century red straight-grain morocco, flat spine lettered in gilt, gilt rules, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Extremiti


[London]: sold at the Gold Ring in Little Britain, Price 6 d., 1706. First edition. Woodcut frontispiece of an angler with fish on the line. [iv], 140 pp. 1 vols. 48mo. Later 18th-century red straight-grain morocco, flat spine lettered in gilt, gilt rules, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Extremities a little worn, a very good copy. First edition. Woodcut frontispiece of an angler with fish on the line. [iv], 140 pp. 1 vols. 48mo. An Outstanding Angling Miniature. A superb copy of this rare miniature angling work. "Exceedingly rare but not unique as stated in the sale catalogue of the Huth Library" (Schwerdt). Although the work is undated, ESTC and bibliographies usually date it to [1705?], but on page 31 is a reference to "a Curious book, lately printed, The Angler's Sure Guide" (published in 1706). First edition thus, a compendium consisting of extracts from the section on angling in The Pleasures of Princes, from Hungers Prevention (on "low-belling" and other methods of bird-catching), Country Contentments (on hunting, coursing, dogs) and Markhams Method (poultry, etc.) The publisher was George Conyers, one of the most prominent chapbook publishers of the period. This first edition is rare, with no copy in the British Library. ESTC locates one copy only in the UK, at the Bodleian, and four in North America: Harvard, Houghton Library; Princeton; Yale University Center for British Art; and Beinecke. The second edition (of 1712?) is almost equally rare. A manuscript note on the front free endpaper verso gives the ownership as E. A. Hunter, 13 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, noting its gift to him by Coleman in 1874. The receipt, Edmund Arthur Hunter (1866-1937), was eight years old at the time; his father was a wine merchant. The note claims that "This book originally belonged to Lord Byron's grandson, by whom it was given to Rushbrook, who gave it to Coleman." If this story is true, the most likely candidate for first owner in this chain of provenance is Ralph Gordon King Noel Milbanke, 2nd Earl of Lovelace (1839-1906). ESTC N14392. Westwood & Satchell, p.146-7; Schwerdt II, 13; Poynter *1.1. Huth sale (4 Jul. 1916, lot 4717, Schwerdt sale (2 Mar. 1946), lot 1739, Thompson sale, (14 Oct. 1968), lot 115; Schiff sale (11 Dec. 1990), lot 216; Simpson sale (15 Feb. 2005), lot 404. For Lambert, cf. N.Y.A.M.Bulletin, 18:4, April 1942, pp. 293-296



  • Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 314397
  • Title: The Young Sportman's [sic] Instructor in Angling, Fowling, Hawking, Hunting, Ordering Singing Birds, Hawks, Poultry, Coneys, Hares and Dogs and how to Cure them. By G.M.
  • Author: [Markham, Gervase]
  • Format/binding:Woodcut frontispiece of an angler with fish on the line. [iv], 140 pp. 1 vols. 48mo
  • Book condition: Used - Later 18th-century red straight-grain morocco, flat spine lettered in gilt, gilt rules, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Extremiti
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First edition
  • Publisher: sold at the Gold Ring in Little Britain, Price 6 d.
  • Place: [London]
  • Date published: 1706
  • Keywords: Angling | Children's Books | Miniature | British
  • Bookseller catalogs: Sports & Games; Literature; Sets & Fine Bindings;
  • Subjects: SPORTS & RECREATION / General;


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