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NEADE, William
The Double-Armed man, by the New Invention: briefly shewing some famous Exploits atchieved by our Brittish Bowmen: with severall Portraitures [with] Obiections against the vse of the bovv vvith the pike: and the answers thereunto.
London, Miles Flesher, W. Jones, 1625, 1630. FIRST EDITION. Two works in one. 4to. 20 unnumbered leaves. A-E . 1 large folding sheet. Roman letter some Italic. Full page woodcut to title, 6 full-page woodcuts of bowmen and pikemen, with printed folding leaf at end, Obiections against the vse of the Bow with the Pike: And the Answers thereunto with large woodcut headpiece, (one tear restored with loss of letters, other unrestored without loss) historiated woodcut initials, woodcut headpieces and typographical ornaments, gilt leather armorial bookplate label of Henry Huth (1815-1878) and his son Alfred Henry Huth (1850-1910). Light age yellowing, rare very minor marginal spot, small hole restored in lower blank margin of last leaf. A fine copy, in handsome nineteenth-century, straight grained morocco, covers bordered with a gilt rule, title gilt in long on spine, edges and inner dentelles gilt, a.e.g. A very good copy, with the rare folding sheet Obiections against the vse of the bovv vvith the pike: and the answers thereunto , of this beautifully illustrated and most interesting work. Neade s double-armed man carried a hybrid pike-cum-bow which he proposed would be a more efficient weapon than the pike on its own. A year before the publication of this work, Neade presented the manuscript to Charles I, who commanded that the author should exhibit his new weapon in St James s Park, in his presence; which was done. Neade, petitioned the king to make the use of his new invention compulsory, and he and his son were shortly after authorised by proclamation to instruct all those wh … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sokol Books Ltd. ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]

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