The Gentlemans Academie. Or, The Booke of S. Albans: Containing Three Most Exact and Excellent Bookes: The First of Hawking, The Second of All the Proper Termes of Hunting, and the Last of Armorie: All Compiled by Juliana Barnes . . . And now reduced to a better method by G.M.
Place and Imprint: 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
Physical 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), a nun at the Priory of St. Mary of Sopwell, in Hertfordshire, as well as an aficionado of field sports. As part of her treatise, Berners records scores of collective nouns and terms used to describe animal species, many of which continued as common usage such as a “pride of lions,” and a “swarm of bees.” 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.