The Trio of Classic Books on
Archery & Bow-Hunting
Three of the all-time classics from
Three truly legendary persons
Who have impacted the history of the sport
The Theory & Practice of Archery
The Witchery of Archery
PDF Reprint #1
The Theory & Practice of Archery
Horace A. Ford (1822-1880) is known as the greatest target archer of all time. He first picked up the bow in 1845, and a mere four years later he won the Grand National Archery Meeting held in the United Kingdom. He proceeded to win an amazing, and unmatched, eleven consecutive championships, and a twelfth "comeback" win. His high score - that of 1271 in the Double York Round in 1857 - remained archery's high mark for over 70 years.
His masterwork, The Theory and Practice of Archery, is one of the all-time classics of archery.
Please note: This excellent PDF Reprint is a high-quality, electronic facsimile version of the actual book published in 1859.
A GLANCE AT THE CAREER OF THE ENGLISH LONG BOW
The Anglo-Norman Period
Military Achievements of the Bow in the Middle Ages
Its Decline and Fall
Revival for Amusement
Grand National Archery Society
OF THE BOW
Variety of its Form and Material
The Flodden Bow
Quality and Superiority of Yew
How to Secure Pins
The Proper Shape and Correct Length of the Bow
The Backed Bow
A Comparison between Self and Backed-Yew Bows
The Carriage Bow
HOW TO CHOOSE A BOW, AND HOW TO USE AND PRESERVE IT WHEN CHOSEN
Popular Errors in the Choice of a Bow
Most Accomplished Shots
Directions as to Strength of Bow to Be Chosen
General Principles to Guide its Selection
Reasons Why Bows Are Broken
General Directions for its Preservation and Repair
Of Broken Limbs
Weight and Length of Ladies' Bows
Care in the Choice and Use of a Bow Recommended
OF THE ARROW
Essentials of an Arrow
How to Test its Straightness and Strength
Best Kind of Arrow, and Best Materials for its Manufacture
Apparent Antagonism between the Theory and Practice of Archery
Various Shapes of the Arrow
Its Feathering, Pile, Nock, Length and Weight
How to Preserve the Feathers from Damp
Curious Effects in Different Feathering of Arrows
How to Keep and Preserve Arrows
OF THE STRING, THE BRACER, AND SHOOTING-GLOVE
The Best Strings and Directions in Their Choice
How to Make the Loop
Some Directions for its Preservation
The Object of the Bracer
Directions for its Make, Material, and Mode of Fixture
Importance of a Well-fitting Shooting-Glove
Difficulty of Laying down Defined Rules for Its Size, Shape, etc
Some Directions for Its Manufacture
Some Specimens of Good Gloves
OF THE GREASE-BOX, TASSELL, BELT, ETC
The Scoring Apparatus
OF BRACING AND NOCKING
Different Modes of Bracing
How to Accomplish it
The Proper Bend of the Bow When Strung
How to Ascertain it
The Nocking Place
The Proper Degree of Tightness
A Word to the Young Archer as to Changing the Nocking part
The Standing and Attitudes of the Archer
Requirements of a Good Position
What to Observe, and What to Avoid
The Position of Feet, Heels, Knees, Shoulders, Body, and Head
The Grasp of the Bow
The Proper Grasp
Drawing an Essential Feature of Archery
Examples of Bad Methods
Different Modes adopted by Good Archers
The Best Mode
Necessity of Drawing an Even Length, and inutility of Devices to attain it
Unremitting Practice the only way
A Common Failing of All Archers
General Directions for Drawing
Position of Left Arm a most important Feature
Necessity of an Unobstructed Passage of the String demonstrated
Proper Position of the Left Arm
The Length of the Draw
Prevailing Ignorance on this Point
Absence of Scientific Instruction upon it in all Existing Works
Curious Expedients resorted to Obtain an Aim
Directions for its Full and Proper Attainment, and its Theory clearly elucidated
The Direct and Indirect Vision
The Point of Aim Explained
How the Direct Vision should be applied
Aiming at Lengths beyond the Target Distances
Shutting One Eye
OF HOLDING AND LOOSING
Ascham's Directions the Correct Ones
Importance of Loosing
Misapprehension amongst Archers Concerning it
Necessity of its Perfect Command
What is and What is not a Good Loose
Its Effect upon the Flight of the Arrow
Directions for its Proper Attainment
Position of the String upon the Fingers
Some Ugly Habits
OF DISTANCE SHOOTING
The Modern System considered as a Test of Skill or Strength
The Edinburgh Match
Justice to Modern Clout-shooting not Forgotten
Length of Probable Range considered
Experiments of Mr. Muir and My Own
OF ANCIENT AND MODERN SCORING
Best Shots of the Toxophilites
Best Scores of Mr. Brady, Mr. Crunden, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Cazalet, Mr. Shepheard
Result of Mr. Waring's Arm-striking Theory
Mr. Anderson the "Incomparable" Archer
More Modern Archers
Shooting at the National Meetings considered
PDF Reprint #2
The Witchery of Archery
A Complete Manual of Archery
In the United States, the Civil War was partly responsible for the rise in interest in archery. After the war, Confederate soldiers were not permitted to own firearms. This forced two veterans, brothers Will and Maurice Thompson, to learn to hunt with the bow and arrow. Published in 1878, Maurice’s book, The Witchery of Archery: a complete manual of archery, described their hunting exploits and captured their love of the sport. The author's experiences in the swamps were told in a way that you wish you were next to him launching arrows at those huge herons.
The book was widely read and interest in archery spread throughout the country. In 1879 the Thompsons helped organize the National Archery Association, and Maurice was elected president. The first tournament was held the next year, which Will Thompson won, as well winning the following five tournaments.
The Witchery of Archery, one of the all-time classics of archery, continues to charm people to archery to the current day. It is a must for an Archer's Library.
Please note: This excellent PDF Reprint is a high-quality, electronic facsimile version of the actual book published in 1878.
Outline Sketch Of The Practice Of Archery In Hunting
Some Notes On Woodpecker Shooting
Bow-Shooting On The St. John's
Hare, or Rabbit Shooting
Bow-Shooting With A Hermit
Bold Robin Hood And His Merry Clan
The Mysterious Lake
Shooting the Wood-Duck and his Companions
The Death of the White Heron
The Game of Archery-Lawn Shooting, and Roving
The Battles of the Birds
Some Wing-Shots, and other Fancy Work
Three Weeks of Savage Life
Shooting Woodcock and Plover
The English Theory and Practice of Target-shooting
The Shooting Glove
The Quiver and Belt
The Care of Tackle
The Archery Club and its Rules
Manual of Arms
How to Shoot
PDF Reprint #3
Dr. Saxton Pope (1875 - 1926) was an American surgeon, teacher, author and outdoorsman.
In 1911, Ishi, the last Yahi Indian or primitive Native American, was captured in Oroville, California; and was brought to the University of California’s Museum of Anthropology as a ward. There, Dr. Pope became the personal physician for Ishi, and was immediately intrigued by the Yahi ways. They became wonderful friends and Pope learned to enjoy Ishi's many outdoor talents. Pope was so complimentary of Ishi's archery tackle and especially his craftsmanship that he claimed "probably better ones have never been made anywhere".
Dr. Pope went on to write many books about archery and ways to make and hunt with the bow and arrow, including Yahi Archery, first published in 1918.
Yahi Archery describes the very interesting methods of the Yahi for the manufacture of the implements of archery, and their style of shooting. Presents 17 plates of many amazing photos about Ishi and his archery, this book is one of the all-time classics of archery.
Please note: This excellent PDF Reprint is a high-quality, electronic facsimile version of the actual book published in 1918.
Manufacture of Arrow Points
Handling the Bow
Ishi's Records with the Bow
Explanation of Plates
PDF Reprint #4
Hunting with the Bow & Arrow
with 48 Illustrations
First published in 1923 and still in print to date, Hunting with the Bow & Arrow by Saxton Pope tells the tale of the author and his friends who took up hunting deer with the bow and arrow in the late 1910s and went on to harvest Cougar, Black Bear, Dall Sheep, Moose, Grizzly Bear, and Kodiak Bear with their basic handmade wooden bows and arrows. In the book, Dr. Pope also informs you how to make your own tackle. This classic has directly and indirectly inspired millions of sportsmen to take up hunting with the bow and arrow, and is regarded as the bible of modern bow-hunting.
Please note: This excellent PDF Reprint is an illustrated e-Text version of the actual book published in 1923.
The Story of the Last Yana Indian
Ishi's Bow and Arrow
Ishi's Methods of Hunting
Archery in General
How to Make a Bow
How to Make an Arrow
How to Shoot
The Principles of Hunting
The Raccoon, Wildcat, Fox, Coon, Cat, and Wolf
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