Publisher: London: Printed for Humfrey Lownes, 1595.
Edition: The first edition as edited by Gervase Markham; revised from the first edition of 1486.
Bibliographical References: STC 3314; ESTC S103621; NCBEL I, 689 (Berners) & 2011 (Markham).
Condition: Rust holes affecting a few letters in two words on O1; repair to the margin of Dd2; small holes affecting a few words also on Dd2; final leaf of text, Dd3, torn away, removing the blank portion and the letters “thority” in the word authority, the last word of the text; the blank portion has been replaced; lacking the final blank; some light damp-staining; very good copy, with generous margins.
Book ID: 27280
DescriptionSmall 4to, three parts in one, modern reddish-brown morocco, blind rules and lettering. 116 woodcuts of arms. Two preliminary blanks present, the second with the signature mark “A”; medial blanks, L3 & L4, present; lacking the final blank, D4.
CommentsA famous 15th-century courtesy book and instructional manual on hunting, hawking and coats of arms traditionally attributed to Dame Juliana Berners (fl. 1460), who is believed to have been a nun at the Priory of St. Mary of Sopwell, in Hertfordshire, as well as an aficionado of field sports. This edition was revised by author and poet Gervase Markham (1568-1637) and is one of his earliest works. Contemporary manuscript annotations on the first blank, about 50 words in 12 lines, noting "Anno xty - Reginae Elizabethae," the "acte for the realife relief of the poor," and a remedy "For sore eise / Take id [one penny] worth of white coperes / Take a nue laid ege & leue in a / Litell of the glaier & take / A litell roninge water & put in the / Copperas & all the reast together / A set hit to gethr . . ." Transcription kindly supplied by Heather Wolfe of the Folger Library.