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WOOD, William.

The Bow-mans Glory; or Archery Revived.

Giving An Account of the many signal Favours vouchsafed to Archers and Archery by those Renowned Monarchs, King Henry VIII, King James, and King Charles I. As by their several gracious Commissions here recited may appear. With a brief Relation of the Manner of the Archers marching on several days of Solemnity.

London: Printed by S[amuel]. R[oycroft]. and are to be Sold by Edward Gough, 1682 Stock Code: 147061
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The spirit of Agincourt

First edition; a second edition was published in 1691. Wood was Marshal of the Society of Finsbury Archers and he invokes the spirit of Agincourt to argue for continued English toxophily. Wood's funeral in 1691 was marked with three flights of whistling arrows.

The work is dedicated to Charles II and opens with a poem "In Praise of Archery", followed by the royal patents granting rights to archers. The second part concludes with "A Brief Relation of the Several Appearances of Archers since His Majesties Restauration".

The front free endpaper has an ink inscription dated 1721 and "C&P" (collated and perfect). Technically, however, it lacks the final Postscript leaf, which appears never to have been bound into this copy. Of the six copies of this work sold at auction since 1975, three were noted as lacking this leaf (including the Macclesfield and Evelyn copies) and it was only specified as present in one. A brief census of library catalogues confirms that it is often missing, for example in both the copies at Queen's and St John's colleges, Oxford. It may have been a literal postscript, added to later issues of the first edition.

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Description

Octavo (173 x 115 mm), in 2 parts. Contemporary black goatskin, neatly rebacked to style, sides framed in gilt with two line rules and large and small floral tools at corners of inner panel, gilt edges.

Illustrations

Black letter (with roman and italic), woodcut and typographic headpieces. Separate part-title to "A Remembrance of the worthy Show and Shooting by the Duke of Shoreditch, and His Associates The Worshipful Citizens of London, upon Tuesday the 17th Septembe

Condition

Inner hinges neatly restored, a few minor stains, still a very good copy.

Bibliography

ESTC R22583; Wing W3416.

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