The Archer's Manual, Or, The Art of Shooting with the Long Bow: As Practiced by the United Bowmen of Philadelphia

R.H. Hobson, 1830 - 66 σελίδες

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Σελίδα ii - District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the seventh day of May, AD 1828, in the fifty-second year of the Independence of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SG Goodrich, of the said District, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit...
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Σελίδα 46 - ... were men that should dance anticks, be far from the comely port in shooting, which he that would be excellent must look for. Of these faults I have very many myself; but I talk not of my shooting, but of the general nature of shooting. Now imagine an archer that is clean without all these faults, and I am sure every man would be delighted to see him shoot. And although such a perfect comeliness cannot be expressed with any precept of teaching, as Cicero and other learned men do say, yet I will...
Σελίδα 46 - Another runneth forwarde, when he feareth to be short, heavynge after his armes, as though he woulde helpe his shafte to flye. An other writhes or runneth a syde, to poule in his shafte strayght. One lifteth up his heele, and so holdeth his foote still, as longe as his shafte flyeth.
Σελίδα 45 - ... hand now up now down, that a man cannot discern whereat they would shoot : another waggeth the upper end of his bow one way, the nether end another way. Another will stand pointing his shaft at the mark a good while, and, by and by, he will give him a whip, and away or a man wit.
Σελίδα 46 - Some, which feare to be to farre gone, runne backwarde, as it were to pull his shafte backe. Another runneth forwarde, when he feareth to be shorte,heavinge after his armes, as thoughe he woulde helpe his shaftc to flye.
Σελίδα 44 - ... be so many. Some shooteth his head forward, as though he would bite the mark ; another stareth with his eyes, as though they should fly out ; another winketh with one eye and looketh with the other ; some make a face with writhing their mouth and countenance so, as though they were doing you wot what ; another bleareth out his tongue ; another biteth his lips; another holdeth his neck awry.
Σελίδα 45 - ... no more as long as he lived ; another draweth softlye to the middle, and, by and by, it is gone you cannot know howe ; another draweth his shaft...
Σελίδα 34 - ... strength. A man's bow may have a pull of fifty or sixty pounds, but a lady, as a rule, will find a pull of thirty to thirty-six pounds quite sufficient. A good weight of pull for general use is forty-two pounds for distances of not more than one hundred yards, and fifty pounds for longer distances. The distance of the string from the centre of the bow when strung should be between five and six inches. The arrows used should be proportioned in length and weight to the bow for which they are intended....
Σελίδα 41 - This way and all other afore of me rehearsed, are but shifts, and not to be followed in shooting straight. For having a man's eye always on his mark, is the only way to shoot straight ; yea, and I suppose, so ready and easy a way, if it be learned in youth, and confirmed with use, that a man shall never miss therein.

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