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The School of Recreation (1684 edition) Or, The Gentlemans Tutor, to those Most Ingenious Exercises of Hunting, Racing, Hawking, Riding, Cock-fighting, Fowling, Fishing   By:

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"The School of Recreation (1684 edition) Or, The Gentlemans Tutor, to those Most Ingenious Exercises of Hunting, Racing, Hawking, Riding, Cock-fighting, Fowling, Fishing" by R.H. (Robert Howlett) is a comprehensive guide that showcases the diverse range of recreational activities available to gentlemen during the 17th century.

In this extensive manual, Howlett provides meticulous instructions and in-depth insights into various pursuits, catering to the interests of the leisure class of his time. From hunting and racing to hawking, riding, cock-fighting, fowling, and fishing, he covers a wide spectrum of activities with precision and enthusiasm.

One of the standout qualities of this book is Howlett's expertise in each of the recreational fields. His knowledge and experience shine through as he breaks down the intricacies of each exercise, providing historical context, practical tips, and even anecdotes to engage the reader. Whether one is a seasoned enthusiast or a novice eager to learn, this book is the quintessential guidebook for anyone looking to delve into these pastimes.

The attention to detail in this edition is commendable. The inclusion of intricate engravings and illustrations brings the text to life, allowing readers to visualize the various techniques, tools, and equipment described. This adds a layer of authenticity to the book, connecting readers with the cultural and social milieu of the era.

Furthermore, the author's prose is accessible and engaging, making the book enjoyable to read. The clarity of Howlett's explanations ensures that readers can follow along without feeling overwhelmed by the technicalities. His passion for these activities is evident throughout, further immersing the reader in the world of recreation during the 17th century.

While the content of the book is undoubtedly fascinating, it is worth noting that some of the recreational pursuits described may raise ethical concerns in contemporary society. Cock-fighting, for instance, is now widely regarded as inhumane and unacceptable. However, it is essential to keep in mind that this book was written in a different time and cultural context, and reading it requires an understanding and appreciation of historical perspective.

Overall, "The School of Recreation (1684 edition) Or, The Gentlemans Tutor, to those Most Ingenious Exercises of Hunting, Racing, Hawking, Riding, Cock-fighting, Fowling, Fishing" by R.H. (Robert Howlett) is a valuable resource for those interested in the history of recreational activities. It offers a unique glimpse into the pastimes and pursuits that captivated gentlemen during the 17th century, combining practical advice with a passion for the subject matter. Despite its potential controversies in modern times, this book serves as a remarkable testament to the richness and diversity of leisure pursuits in an era long gone.

First Page:

The SCHOOL of RECREATION:

Or, The Gentlemans TUTOR,

To those Most Ingenious Exercises

of

Hunting. } { Fishing. Racing. } { Shooting. Hawking. } { Bowling. Riding. } { Tennis. Cock Fighting. } { Ringing. Fowling. } { Billiards.

By R. H.

London , Printed for H. Rodes , next door to the Bear Tavern near Bride Lane in Fleet Street , 1684.

TO THE READER.

Man, the Abridgement of the Creation, or the Compendium of all Gods Works, having divested himself by Sin of that Original Innocence and Angelical State of Life wherein his Creator had placed him, and thereby Subjected his collapsed Nature to the Malediction of God, In the sweat of thy Face thou shalt eat thy Bread , &c. It pleased however the Almighty to continue and confirm that Original grand Charter he had at first granted him, of being Lord of the Creatures : Hereby intimating, That tho man is now Born to Trouble, Labour and Cares , as the Sparks fly upward ; yet God has not deprived him of any Comfort or Felicity, which the Earth or Creatures of it can afford; but has invested him with a superior Authority and Dominion over the Beast of the Feild, the Fowl of the Air, and the Fish of the Sea ... Continue reading book >>




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