“AN ARCHER WHO PURSUES HIS CRAFT IN THE RIGHT SPIRIT NEED BE ENVIOUS OF NO MAN”: ILLUSTRATED LIMITED LARGE-PAPER FIRST EDITION OF THE BADMINTON LIBRARY’S VOLUME ON ARCHERY
LONGMAN, C.J. and WALROND, H. Archery. London: Longmans, Green, 1894. Large octavo, original three-quarter navy morocco gilt rebacked with original spine laid down, top edges gilt, uncut. $800.
Limited large paper first edition, number 226 of only 250 copies, of this illustrated guide to the history and the art of the bow and arrow.
Henry Somerset, eighth Duke of Beaufort, conceived of the "Badminton Library" (named after his principal country house, not the game) as a comprehensive series of instructional guidebooks, presenting history, rules and strategic hints for pastimes popular among Victorian England's aristocracy. Each chapter boasts expert commentary, accompanied by copious pictures and drawings. Published between 1885 and 1920, "the books provide a rich source of information on the growth and development of sport during the late 19th century in Britain, and are highly sought after by collectors" (Nauright & Parrish, Sports Around the World, 33). This volume includes such chapters as "On Methods of Drawing and Loosing the Arrow," "Scottish Archery," "The Woodmen of Arden" and "Ladies' Archery." With 21 full-page plates and numerous in-text illustrations. Front boards gilt-stamped with Beaufort coat of arms.
Scattered light foxing. Light expert restoration to handsome binding.