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Bod-Inc: B-483

Book of Hawking, Hunting, and Heraldry


Analysis of Content

Part I.

1a1v [Book of Hawking.] Incipit: ‘This present boke shewyth the manere of hawkynge and huntynge and also of diuysynge of cote armours . . . In so moche that gentylmen and honeste persones haue grete delyte . . .’ On the printer's copy used for this edition, the BL copy of GW 4932, see Ford, ‘Author's Autograph', no. 29.

1c6r Berners, Juliana [pseudo-: Book of Hunting.] Incipit: ‘Where so euer ye fare by fryth or by fell | My dere chylde take hede how Trystam doo you tell'.

e5r ‘Here now folowynge shall be shewed all the shyres and the byshopryches of the realme of Englonde . . .’ Incipit: ‘Kente. Caunterbury. Rochestre . . .’

e5r ‘Prouynces of Englonde'. Incipit: ‘Caunterbury. Yorke. Stafforde. Derby . . .’

e5v [Worde, Wynkyn De(?): Verse.] Incipit: ‘A faythfull frende wolde i fayne fynde | To fynde hym there, he myghte be founde'; 37 lines of verse.

e6r ‘Liber armorum'. Incipit: ‘Here in this boke folowynge is determyned the lygnage of cote armures . . . Beynge in worthynesse armes for to beere by the ryall blood . . .’

g3v [Berners, Juliana(?): A Treatise of Fishing.] Juliana Berners, A treatyse of fysshynge wyth an Angle, ed. ‘Piscator' (Edinburgh, 1885), 1-36.

i4v [Worde, Wynkyn de: Note on the composition of the book.] Incipit: ‘And for bycause that this present treatyse sholde not . . .’

Part II.

2a1r [Book of Heraldry.] Incipit: ‘I haue shewed to you in this booke afore how gentylmen began . . .’


Imprint: Westminster: Wynkyn de Worde, 1496. Folio.


Collation: Part I: a–e6 f g4 h6 i4; part II: a–c6 d8.

Illustrations: Woodcuts: see BMC.


ISTC: ib01031000

GW: GW 4933;

Hain: HC 2466;

Goff: Goff B‑1031;


Proctor: Pr 9704;

Others: Juliana Berners, A Treatyse of fysshynge wyth an angle, facsimile reproduction, with introduction by M. G. Watkins (London, 1880); The Book Containing the Treatises of Hawking, Hunting, Coat-armour, Fishing and Blasing of Arms: As Printed at Westminster by Wynkyn de Worde . . . with introduction by Joseph Haslewood (London, 1810); Duff 57; Hands, English Hawking and Hunting, pp. xxi–xxii; Hodgkin, ‘Proper Terms', 6, 9-10, 42; Sheppard 7442-5; STC 3309; on the copy of the 1486 edition used as printer's copy for this edition see ‘Notable Accessions', British Library Quarterly, 27 (1963-4), 100-101; also Lotte Hellinga, ‘The Book of Saint Albans 1486', in Fine Books and Book Collecting: Books and Manuscripts acquired from Alan G. Thomas and described by his Customers on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday, ed. C. de Hamel and R. Linenthal (Leamington Spa, 1981), 31-4.

LCN: 14004337


Copy number: B-483(1)

Bound with:
2/4. [William Caxton], Chronicles of England. [London]: Wynkyn de Worde, 1520 (STC 10001);
3. Chronicles of England. [London: William de Machlinia, c.1486] (C‑197(3)) bound between gatherings f and i of 2/4.

For this copy see Wonderful Things, no. 29.

Wanting2 d8.

Binding: Seventeenth-century gold-tooled parchment, stamped with the coat of arms of George Carew, Earl of Totnes: or, three lions passant in pale, sable. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head of the upper cover.

Size: 260 × 192 × 50 mm.

Size of leaf: 253 × 173 mm.

On a1r, a note in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand, ascribing the works in this book to Nicholas Upton, with a later note, below, attributing the Book of Hawking and Hunting to Juliana Berners; and, in a hand of a similar date, ‘He that not wyse, patient, stout and hardy | May lament of himselfe, and not of destinie'.

Woodcut coats of arms in part II coloured in yellow and purple where appropriate.

Provenance: Robert Kenne (fifteenth/sixteenth century); on e8r of item 3: ‘I do beseche you whosoeuer yt be yt shall haue this booke whether it be man or woman or chylde to praye for the soule of good h Master Kenne(?) for he was the ryght he[ ]r of yt'; continued on e7r: ‘And me Roberte Kenne'. John Vowell (Hooker) (1527-1601); heavily cancelled, and partially damaged, inscription on a1r of item 1, dated 1600; woodcut coat of arms pasted on i4v: six quarterings: 1. Vowell; 2. Hooker; 3. Bolter, of Bolterscombe; 4. Druell; 5. Kelly, of Kelly; 6. Wilford, of Exeter; motto: ‘Post mortem vita'; the same coat, but from a different block, appears in Vowell's Pamphlet of the Offices and Duties of Every . . . Officer of the Citie of Excester (London, 1584); see also F. T. Colby, ‘The Heraldry of Exeter', Archaeological Journal, 30 (1873), 245, 250. George Carew (1555-1629), Earl of Totnes; coat of arms stamped on binding (see above). John Selden (1584-1654); MS. Broxb. 84. 10, p. 27 records ‘Nic. Vpton. His heraldry with hawking and hunting. Lond. 1636'; Hyde, Catalogus (1674), II 242, records ‘Nic. Uptonus. Of Hawking, Hunting, Blazoning of Armes, etc. Westminster, 1496', with the shelfmark ‘P 1. 10 Art. Seld.'; no work of this title by this author exists; the date and place of printing in the Selden catalogue are clearly a misreading, which was subsequently corrected in Hyde's catalogue; the fact that the shelfmark of the copy listed by Hyde is identical to the earliest shelfmark recorded in this copy shows that this copy was certainly in the Library by 1674; that the peculiarities of the description in the Selden catalogue have been corrected by Hyde shows that this must have been the Selden copy.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: P 1. 10 Art. Seld. (on the recto of the front endleaf); AA 112 Th. Seld.; Auct. QQ sup. 2.8.

SHELFMARK: S. Seld. d.17(1).

Copy number: B-483(2)

Wanting1 a1 and2 d8, both supplied from Haslewood's facsimile edition.

Leaf e4 bound in reverse and repaired.

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century English russia, with gold-tooled spine and black pastedowns.

Size: 247 × 190 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 237 × 173 mm.

Early marginal annotations, scribbles, and pen-trials, including, on2 b2r, cropped drawings of heraldic emblems in pencil, and, on2 c4r, drawings, in black ink, of heraldic beasts' heads; on1 c6r, ‘John Coryat ys a good boye be[ ]'; on2 d2r, ‘John Denys Thomas [ ]'; on2 d6r, ‘By me Peter'; on2 d7v, ‘Gorge Dorney and Roberd Eyre [ ]', ‘Imple hydrias fyll the pot swayne qua[n]do [ ] siderus a r[ ]lyng | thy brayne cum terra te eleuat igitur beffore was playne ne | te proteictt go backward agayne'. Various bibliographical notes by Douce. Blazon of Thomas Beckwith, with motto, on i4v.

Woodcut coats of arms coloured in yellow and purple where appropriate. Part II paginated in black ink.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 146.

Copy number: B-483(3)

Bound with:
2. [John Heywood], A mery play betwene Johan Johan the husbande, Tyb his wyfe and syr Johan the preest. [London]: William Rastell, 12 Feb. 1533 (STC 13298);
3. [John Rastell], Of gentylnes and nobylyte: a dyaloge betwen the marchaunt, the knyght and the plowman . . . [London]: John Rastell, [c.1525] (STC 20723).

Wanting gathering1 a; also1 b1-2 and2 d1-2, 6-8. Missing text of gathering2 d supplied in manuscript in a sixteenth-century hand on four and four inserted leaves. Three nineteenth-century blank leaves bound after gathering2 c.1 b4, 6 transposed by the binder.

Binding: Seventeenth-century English calf; on both covers, double fillets form a border; two sets of vertical double fillets separate a narrow and a wide rectangle, the spine and metal clasps bearing the arms of Ashmole. Both boards detached.

Size: 246 × 177 × 25 mm.

Size of leaf: 240 × 165 mm.

Marginal notes: on1 b3r, in English, in a seventeenth-century(?) hand: ‘What we intend now to eat | grant after dynner or souper | Laud, praise and dominion | be unto god for this refection. Amen.'; on1 d4v: ‘Egonis vnde et popina quid'; on i4v, pen-trials and ‘Claudianus. If rage or lust attempt thy mynde | Auoid the cause and conquest finde'; note on the last of the inserted sixteenth-century leaves (by Ashmole?), ‘A snakes egg was the badge or ensigne that the old Druids carried for their armes. Plin. l.29, cap.3'.

Woodcut coats of arms in part II coloured in yellow and purple where appropriate.

Provenance: Elias Ashmole (1617-1692); signature on b3r of item 1. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1692. Transferred to the Bodleian Library in 1860.

Former shelfmark: Ashm. E 38.

SHELFMARK: Ashm. 1766(1).

Copy number: B-483(4)

A made-up copy: wanting leaves1 a1,6,1 d1,6, e3,4,5, g3, h1,5,6,2 c1,2 d1,6,7,8. Leaves1 c5,6 mutilated, with some loss of text. Many other leaves cropped.

Binding: Nineteenth-century calf.

Size: 257 × 188 × 18 mm.

Size of leaf: 254 × 175 mm.

Early scribbles, underlining, and pen-trials.

Coats of arms coloured, where appropriate, in yellow, maroon, and blue.

Provenance: John Spadderd (sixteenth century); inscription in lower margin of i1r: ‘Hic liber pertanethe ad me, Johannes Spadderd, wytteneshed by me'. Thomas Beckwith (1731-1786); inscription in lower margin of2 b1v: ‘Tho. Beckwith his old book which he values like old gold'. Date of acquisition unknown.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 2.5.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.22.

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