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each particular day of the moon, as he who is born on the fourth day of the moon, tractatu regni erit, on the 17th, infelix erit, on the 26th, nec dives nec pauper erit, &c. the author descants on each particular day, in old English verse, as follows:


The ini day borne was Abell,
That day thou may boldely and well
All that thou wyll boldely begynne,
Out token dedys that long to synne,
That day is good a myll to bygge,
And after hedys of water to dygge,
To opyn them and late them renne,
Better be feld and be fenne.
Whoso be borne that day without fayle,
He shall have a party travayle,
He shall be a party lectour,
But he shall suffer many a sharp shour,
He shall well over scape

And great rychesse hym shall be,
And greater well on that he dey.
Who so that daye do ony foly
Or any theft, and therefore fle,
Hastely founde shall he be.
Who so that day in sicknesse fail
Some day on wast he shall.
What thou thynkyst in thy dremynge,
It shall amende ne helpe no thynge.



THE British Museum possesses a volume which contains the following very rare, and not more rare than curious, tracts on the subject of Rural Sports.

1. A very ancient edition of the Book of St. Albans, by Juliana Barnes. The title

The title page is wanting. It is in black letter.

At the end is, “ Imprinted at London, in Paules Church Yarde, at the sygne of the Lambe, by Abraham Vele.”

This edition is not mentioned by Ames. 2. “ A JEWELL FOR GENTRIE.

Being an exact Dictionary, or true Method to make any man understand all the Art, Secrets, and worthy Knowledges belonging to Hawking, Hunting, Fowling and Fishing Together with all the true Measures for winding the HORNE.

Now newly published, and beautified with all the rarest experiments that are known and practised at this day.

Printed at London, for John Helme, and are to be sold at his shop, in St. Dunstanes Church Yard, in Fleet Street. 1614."

This is another edition of the former work, somewhat methodized and polished. B. L.


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Containing Three most' exact and excellent Bookes. The first of Hawking, the second of all the proper terines of Hunting, and the last of Armorie. All compiled by Juliana Barnes, in the Yere from the Incarnation of Christ 1486, and now reduced into a better method, by G. M.

London. Printed for Ilumfrey Lownes, and are to be sold at his Shop, in Paules Church Yard. 1595."

G. M. I presume is Gervasc, or, as it is sometimes written, Jervase Markhain. The Book of Armorie, at p. 41, seems to have been printed by a different person afterwards. The first part has no printer's name; the second has that of Valentine Sitnis.


With all the Secrets thereto belonging discovered; an Arte never heere-to-fore written by any Authour.

Also a Discourse of Horsmanship, wherein the breeding and ryding of Horses for service in a briefe Manner is more methodically sette downe then hath beene heeretofore, with a more easie and direct Course for the Ignorant to attaine to the sayd Arte or Knowledge. VOL. II.




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Together with a newe Addition for the Cure of Horses Diseases of what Kinde or Nature


Bramo assai, poco spero, nulla chicggio.

At London. Printed by James Roberts,
Anno Dom. 1599."

This rare tract, the first also of its kind, which discusses the subject of Farriery, is avowedly by Jervis Markham, who inscribes it

“ To the Right Worshipfull and his singuler good Father, Ma. Robert Markham, of Citham, in the Countie of Notingham, Esquier."

It opens with this whimsical address to the rGentlemen Readers.”

“ The winde, Gentlemen, standing in the mouth of my cave, hath blowne my loose

papers into the worlde, and canonized mee as foolish in Paules Church Yarde, as Sybilla was wise in Cuma. I have written of a subject which many more then most excellent in the same arte have entreated. If, therefore, their perfections shall withdrawe your eyes from


labour; imagine it to be but a parenthesis intruding it selfe amongst their workes. And when you have over-read it, you shall find it to detract nothing, but as a ready hand-mayde endevour to bring theyr pleasures to effect and discover that which hetherto hath beene observed.

243 If, therefore, I shall finde grace in your sights, my thanks shall be, that this my Treatise shall teach you howe to preserve your horses from tyring, which otherwise in the midst of your pleasures, would give over shamefully.

J. M." The above is in black letter, very perfect, and a remarkably fine copy.


In two Bookes. The First containing the whole Art of riding great Horses in very short time, with the breeding, breaking, dyeting and ordring of them, and of running, hunting, and ambling Horses, with the Manner how to use them in their travell.

Likewise in Two newe Treatises, the Arts of Hunting, Hawking, Coursing of Grey-Hounds, with the Lawes of the Leash, Shooting, Bowling, Tennis, Baloone, &c.

The Second entituled. THE ENGLISH HUSWIFE,

Containing the inward and outward Vertues, which ought to be in a compleate Woman, as her Phisicke, Cookery, Banqueting Stuffe, Distillation, Perfumes, Wooll, Hemp, Flaxe, Dairies, Brewing, Baking, and all other things belonging to an Houshold.

A Worke very profitable and necessary for the general Good of this Kingdome.

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