CRESSET PRESS. MARKHAM, Gervase. The Pleasures of Princes or Good Mens Recreations… Together with The Experienced Angler by Colonel Robert Venables. The Cresset Press. 1927.
8vo. Original limp vellum, gilt lettering to spine, ribbon ties, top edges gilt; pp. xxiv + 111, some text illustrations; spine a little dulled, very good indeed.
Number 46 of limited edition of 50 bound in vellum. With a preface by Horace Hutchinson. Markham's celebrated work was first printed in 1614, with Venables's following in 1662. Both works became classics of angling literature and share many points in common; both authors were soldiers of varying fortunes, Markham (1568 - 1637) being a captain in the Earl of Essex's disastrous campaign in Ireland and Venables (1613 - 1687) a Parliamentarian officer who suffered after the Restoration. Izaak Walton was a close friend of Venables and wrote the epistle which begins The Experienced Angler.