London, Shrewsbury, and Birmingham: Howell, James & Co.; Adnitt and Naunton and others, 1864-1915.
Complete set of 42 volumes in original green cloth of slightly varying shades with gilt stamping. 150-300pp. (Lake and Wright p. 331). A Near Fine set with mostly sharp gilt, clean interiors, and sturdy bindings. A few issues have light dampstaining or wrinkling to contents, small staining to covers, dings, or tender hinges here and there, marginal notations, but the set is generally in great shape. Very first issue 1864 inscribed with editor (James Sharpe, who initially dropped his last "e" in early issues) and publisher's compliments on half title. A complete run (the publication was on hiatus from 1868-1876) of a notable British archery publication compiling results from the UK, the US, and British colonies with original articles covering everything about the sport from the Chinese long bow to 14th Century archery. Contains diagrams, illustrations, contemporary ads for all manner of products, and-- from 1893 on-- numerous photographs showing individuals and groups of both sexes with their equipment. Especially striking are the photos of rows of Victorian-era ladies in their petticoats outdoors with fierce-looking bows strung, of which there are many. Very rarely available for sale. Only a few complete sets in worldwide institutional collections according to OCLC. Item #170604006