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ASCHAM, ROGER. (ARCHERY)
TOXOPHILUS, THE SCHOLE, OR PARTITIONS OF SHOOTING CONTAYNED IN IJ. BOOKES. . . . PLEASAUNT FOR ALL GENTLEMEN, AND YOMEN OF ENGLAND FOR THEIR PASTIME TO READE, AND PROFITABLE FOR THEIR USE TO FOLOWE BOTH IN WARRE AND PEACE
London: Thomas Marshe, 1571. Second Edition. 186 x 132 mm. (7 1/4 x 5 1/4"). 4 p.l., 63 leaves (without final blank). Second Edition. Appealing Jansenist crimson crushed morocco by Riviere & Son (stamp-signed on front turn-in), gilt lettering to upper cover and spine panels, raised bands, densely gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Title page with allegorical wood-engraved frame containing printer's initials, historiated woodcut initial at opening of text. With a diagram of the contents of Book II. Printed in black letter. Cockle 9; STC 838; ESTC S100277. A touch of wear to head of front joint, leaves lightly washed and pressed (as customary at the time of binding), one page with faint ink stains, but an extremely pleasing copy, the text clean and still fresh, and the binding tight and lustrous. First printed in 1545, this treatise on archery is, in DNB's words, "remembered specifically as the standard authority on physical training as an essential part of a gentleman's education." Ascham (1515-68) became proficient in archery during his youth and took up the sport again while teaching at Cambridge, where he suffered recurrent bouts of illness (probably malaria). Other Fellows at the university disdained physical activity as unworthy of a scholar, so Ascham penned what is considered "the first learned defence of a pastime," dedicating it to his fellow enthusiast Henry VIII in a successful attempt to gain much-needed royal patronage. Constructed as a Ciceronian dialogue between Philologus (lover of study) and Toxophilus (lover of the bow), the work maintain … [Click Below for Full Description]
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