Joseph Haslewood’s Copy

Toxophilus, The Schole, or Partitions of Shooting contayned in II bookes. And now newly perused. Pleasaunt for all Gentlemen, and Yomen of England for theyr use to folowe both in Warre and Peace … To which is added A Dedication and Preface by the Reverend John Walters.

Wrexham: Reprinted by R. Marsh, 1788.

Fourth edition. Frontispiece. xxi, 230, (2) pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Joseph Haslewood’s Copy. Later three-quarter green morocco. Spine browned, boards detached but present, else Fine. Morocco bookplate of Joseph Haslewood ESTC T139768. Item #231751

“Not only is this the most renowned work on the subject of archery in English, or for that matter in any language, but its publication marked the beginning of the decline of the prejudice in favour of Latin as the literary language of Englishmen for original compositions, the works of Tynedale and Sir Thomas More being the only illustrious predecessors easily recalled. For writing this book and presenting it to the king, Ascham was granted a pension of £10.” (Pforzheimer Catalogue).

Originally published in 1545, the second edition was issued in 1571 and the third in 1589. Asham's love of sports is interesting. According to Camden (Annales, 1568) he lived and died a poor man owing to his addiction to dicing and cock-fighting.

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