Wrexham: Reprinted by R. Marsh, 1788.
The Fourth edition. Engraved frontispiece. xxi, 230, (2) pp. 1 vols. Small 8vo. Nineteenth-century brown polished calf, red leather spine label, marbled endpapers, edges stained red. Very pretty copy. ESTC T139768. Item #239240
"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. Ascham'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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