THE HISTORY OF ARCHERY by Edmund Burke

THE HISTORY OF ARCHERY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A weapon with a history almost as old as man receives its full share of recognition in this book which follows the bow and arrow from its earliest records to its present day popularity as a competitive and hunting sport. Presenting conjectures about its origin, the evidences of its wide and rapid spread, he then traces archery from its earliest times, through the old kingdoms -- China, Assyria and Babylon, Egypt, Crete, Homeric times, Greece and Persia; next among the Romans, the Huns and Asia; then its flowering in England and its prevalence in the Americas among the Indians, and throughout indicates its offensive and defensive military uses, its value as a means of survival, the arts and crafts of bows, arrows and stringing, and the skills of shooting. The finale is concerned with the target, field and hunting performances of today -- and the far away places in which archery as a part of life itself still survives. With growing interest in the sport this should have a definite appreciative audience.

Publisher: Morrow