The Book of Archery. George Agar Hansard.
The Book of Archery

The Book of Archery

London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1840. B/w Illustrations. First Edition. Full Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Very Good. Item #00547351

First edition in the scarce deluxe publisher's binding of green morocco decorated in gilt and blind: spine elaborately tooled in gilt with the goddess Diana at foot, with her quiver of arrows, bow, and dog, surmounted by birds, a taget incorporating the title, and crowing cock above; the covers feature three bowmen in armor, two on foot and one mounted, sorrounded by floral scrolling in blind, all edges gilt. Rebacked with matching calf, original spine laid down; some rubbing to edges and corners; some browning and darkening to leather; some traces of foxing and light marginal dampstaining to text). Complete with all 39 engraved plates. PROVENANCE: Engraved armorial bookplate of John Edge (with "Semper Fidelis" motto); bookplate of madcap sportsman Joshua Crane, Jr. (featuring tennis raquet and polo mallet). Crane was the court tennis champion of the United States, a polo enthusiast, inventor of auto polo (played insanely from cars), and an early aviator.

Price: $300.00

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