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Below you will find the latest version of the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions about Archery Books. As you see, it needs some work. If anyone feels like updating it, we will behappy to post it at this site.

Last-modified: 12 December 1996

This part of the alt.archery FAQ contains a list of general books recommended by the readers of alt.archery. These books are ones considered useful by the person submitting it, and are listed only for your information. No flames, please. If the title is not self-explanatory, then a small comment will be provided. This is the one section where I will not credit any person with a contribution unless specifically requested to do so by the submitter. Rather, the credit for this section goes to all readers of the alt.archery group.

Some books may be listed twice, once just a listing, once with some more detail as to availability, comments, etc..

Books specifically recommended for beginners are in a separate Beginner's Section towards the end of this book section.

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Books

Tuning Your Compound Bow
     ISBN:
     Author:       Larry Wise
     Version:      2nd Edition
     Price:        $8.95 US
     Availability: Archery shops, book stores, or directly from publisher:
     Publisher:    Target Communtications Corporation
                   7626 W. Donges Bay Rd.
                   Mequon, WI53092
                   Tel: (414)-242-3990

     Review:
  
The Book of the Longbow
     ISBN:         1-56416-094-7
     Author:       Elmer, Robert P.
     Version:      Pub. date: 03/1993  
     Binding:      Hardcover
     Price:        $42.45
     Availability: .
     Publisher:    Derrydale Press, Lyon, MS
     Review:       .
  
Longbow
     ISBN:         0-685-62481-1 (1558212353)
     Author:       Hardy, Robert
     Version:      Pub.  date: 01/1993
     Binding:      Hardcover
     Price:        $24.95
     Availability: .
     Publisher:    Lyons & Burford, Publishers, Incorporated, New York, NY
     Review:       .
  
A Study of Bows & Arrows
      Author: Pope, Saxton              Pub.  date: 07/1992
      ISBN: 1-56416-088-2               Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Derrydale Press, Lyon, MS
      Price: $39.95
Target Archery: With a History of the Sport in America
      Author: Elmer, Robert             Pub. date: 09/1992
      ISBN: 1-56416-090-4               Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Derrydale Press, Lyon, MS
      Price: $39.95
The Medieval Archer
      Author: Bradbury, Jim             Pub. date: 04/1992
      ISBN: 0-85115-194-9               Binding: Hardcover text
      Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Incorporated, Rochester, NY
      Price: $50.00
The Medieval Archer
      Author: Bradbury, Jim             Pub. date: 11/1985
      ISBN: 0-312-52665-2               Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Saint Martin's Press, Incorporated, New York, NY
      RETAIL: $29.95
Toxophilus; Archery - Theory & Practice
      Author: Asham, Roger              Pub. date: 12/1992
      ISBN: 1-56416-092-0               Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Derrydale Press, Lyon, MS
      Price: $39.95
The Witchery of Archery
      Author: Thompson, Maurice         Pub. date: 08/1992
      ISBN: 1-56416-089-0               Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Derrydale Press, Lyon, MS
      Price: $39.95
The Witchery of Archery
      Author: Thompson, J. Maurice      Pub. date: 08/1986
      ISBN: 0-932099-03-3               Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: Fundingsland Productions, Minot, ND
      Price: $8.95
History of Archery
      Author: Burke, Edmund H.          Pub. date: 09/1971
      ISBN: 0-8371-5778-1               Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated, Westport, CT
      Price: $35.00x
The Double Armed Man
      Author: Neade, William             Pub. date: 1971
      ISBN: 0-87387-022-0                Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Shumway, George, Publisher, York, PA
      Price: $10.00 casebound
The Bowman's Glory, or, Archery Revived
      Author: Wood, William              Pub. date: 1976
      ISBN: 0-85409-552-7                Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher:
      Charles River Books, Boston, MA
      Price: $7.50x
Turkish Archery; &, Modern Methods in Archery
      Author: Klopsteg, Paul E.          Pub. date: 03/1993
      ISBN: 1-56416-093-9                Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Derrydale Press, Lyon, MS
      Price: $39.95
Saracen Archery
      Author:Latham,J.D., Paterson,W.F.  Pub. date:1970
      ISBN:                             Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: The Holland Press
      Price:
Arab Archery
      Author:Faris,Nabih Amin,Elmer,R.  Pub. date:1945
      ISBN:                             Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Princeton University Press
      Price:
The Crossbow:
Mediavel and Modern, Military and Sporting,Its Construction, History & Management. With a Tratise on the Balista and Catapult of the Ancients. And an Appendix on the Catapult, Balista and the Turkish Bow.
      Author:Sir Ralph Payne-Gallway, Bt Pub. date:1903, 1958,...
      ISBN:                              Binding: Hardcover
      Publisher: The Holland Press
      Price:
Crossbows
      Author:Bilson, Frank               Pub.  date:1974, 1983
      ISBN:0-88254-701-1                 Binding: Hardcover
      Publisher: Hippocrene Book
      Price:
Treasures of the Tower: Crossbows
      Author:                            Pub.  date:1976, 1981
      ISBN:0-11-670445-4                 Binding: Paper
      Publisher:Government Bookshops. London
      Price:
Self Bows & Other Archery Tackle from Tomb of Tutankhamun
      Author: McLeod                     Pub. date: 1982
      ISBN: 0-900416-33-5
      Publisher: Brown, David, Bloomington, IN
      Price: $60.00
Wild Adventure
      Author: Hill, Howard               Pub. date: 05/1993
      ISBN: 1-56416-096-3                Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Derrydale Press, Lyon, MS
      Price: $42.45
Chronicle of a Western Archery Season: Hunting for Deer and Elk
      Author:Fletcher, Rich              Pub. date:1988
      ISBN:0-9618844-5-2                 Binding: Paper
      Publisher:Towhee Publishing
      Price:
Hunting the Hard Way
      Author: Hill, Howard               Pub. date: 04/1993
      ISBN: 1-56416-095-5                Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Derrydale Press, Lyon, MS
      Price: $39.95
The Archer's & Bowhunter's Bible
      Author: Lawrence, H. Lea           Pub. date: 09/1993
      ISBN: 0-385-42221-0                Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Incorporated, New York, NY
      
Archery Equipment & Supplies - Retail, 1993
      Author: American Business Directories S Pub. date: 1993
      ISBN: 1-56105-347-3               Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: American Business Directories, Omaha, NE
      Price: $150.00
Traditional Bowyers of America: The Bowhunting & Bowmaking
      Author: Bertalan, Dan              Pub. date: 12/1989
      ISBN: 0-9623955-0-1                Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Envisage Unlimited, East Lansing, MI
      Price: $29.95
Bow & Arrow: The Complete Guide to Equipment, Technique
      Author: Wise, Larry                Pub. date: 04/1992
      ISBN: 0-8117-2411-5                Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA
Doctor Your Own Compound Bow
      Author: Loiselle, Emery J.         Pub. date: 1976
      ISBN: 0-9613281-0-X                Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: Loiselle, Emery J., Burlington, MA
      Price: $9.95
Tuning Your Compound Bow
      Author: Wise, Larry                Pub. date: 09/1985
      ISBN: 0-913305-07-3                Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: Target Communications Corporation, Mequon, WI
      Price: $7.95
Archery the Technical Side
      Author: Hickman, C. N., editor     Pub. date: 12/1992
      ISBN: 1-56416-091-2                Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Derrydale Press, Lyon, MS
      Price: $39.95
Clarence N. Hickman: The Father of Scientific Archery
      Author: Schumm, Maryanne M.        Pub. date: 1983
      ISBN: 0-9613582-0-3                Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: Schumm, Maryanne, East Stroudsburg, PA
      Price: $12.95
Archery Tackle: How To Make and How To use
      Author: Shane, Adolph              Pub. date:1936, 1990
      ISBN:                              Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: Bois d'Arc Press
      Price:
Tom Browns Field Guide To Living With Mother Nature
      Author:Brown, Tom Jr.              Pub. date: 1984
      ISBN:0-425-07213-4                 Binding: Paper.
      Publisher:Berkley Books Price:
      
The New Archery: Hobby, Sport, Craft
      Author:Gordon, Paul                Pub. date: 1939
      ISBN:                              Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: D.  Appleton-Century Company Price:
      
Bows and Arrows
      Author:Duff, James                 Pub. date: 1944
      ISBN:                              Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher:MacMillan Company
      Price:
The Art of Making Primitive Bows and Arrows
      Author:Waldorf, D.C.               Pub. date: 1985
      ISBN:                              Binding: Paper.
      Publisher:
      Price:
American Indian Archery
      Author: Laubin, Reginald           Pub. date: 09/1991
      ISBN: 0-8061-2387-7                Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK
      Price:
American Indian Archery
      Author: Laubin, Reginald           Pub. date: 09/1991
      ISBN: 0-8061-1467-3                Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK
      Price:
Indian Archery
      Author: Wise, Larry                Pub. date: 09/1985
      ISBN: 0-913305-07-3                Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: Target Communications Corporation, Mequon, WI
      Price: $7.95
Kyudo: The Art of Zen Archery
      Author: Stein, Hans J.             Pub. date: 09/1988
      ISBN: 1-85230-035-3                Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: Element Books, Incorporated, Rockport, MA
      Price: $15.95
Introduction to Kyudo (Archery)
      Author: Sherman                    Pub. date: 1990
      ISBN: 0-910704-01-5                Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Hawley Publications, Hollywood, CA
      Price: $3.25
Zen In The Art Of Archery
      Author: HERRIGEL, EUGEN            Pub. date:
      07/01/1990 ISBN: 1559270616                   Binding:
      Publisher: AUDR
      Price:
Kyudo: The Essence & Practice of Japanese Archery
      Author: Onuma, Hideharu            Pub. date: 07/1993
      ISBN: 4-77001-734-0                Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Kodansha America, Incorporated, New York, NY

Archery: The Badminton Library of Sports & Pastimes
      Author: Longman, C. J.             Pub. date: 01/1992
      ISBN: 1-56416-087-4                Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Derrydale Press, Lyon, MS
      Price: $39.95
Archery Instruction Manual
      Author: NAAUS Staff                Pub. date: 1993
      ISBN: 0-8403-8402-5                Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, IA
      Price: $15.95
Archer's Digest 5th Edition
      Author: Combs, Roger               Pub. date: 01/1991
      ISBN: 0-87349-114-9                Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: D B I Books, Incorporated, Northbrook, IL
Archer's Digest 4th Edition
      Author: Combs, Roger               Pub. date: 1986
      ISBN: 0-910676-98-4                Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: D B I Books, Incorporated, Northbrook, IL
      
Archer's Digest 3rd Edition
      Author: Elliot, Cheri              Pub. date: 1982
      ISBN: 0-910676-40-29               Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: D B I Books, Incorporated, Northbrook, IL
Archer's Digest 2nd Edition
      Author: Combs, Roger               Pub. date: 1977
      ISBN: 0-695-80718-8                Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: D B I Books, Incorporated, Northbrook, IL
Archery
      Author: McKinney, Wayne and Mike   Pub.  date: 1990
      ISBN:0-697-10413-3                 Binding: Paper
      Publisher:Brown, W.C.. Communications, Inc.
      Price:
Archery For Beginners
      Author: Williams, John C.          Pub. date: 1985
      ISBN:0-8092-52562                  Binding: Paper
      Publisher:Contemporary Books, Inc.
      Price:
Archery: A Sport For Everyone
      Author: Athletic Inst. Staff        Pub. date: 1984
      ISBN: 0-87670-086-5, Taylor         Binding:
      Publisher: Athletic Institute
      Price:
Archery
      Author: Pszczola, Lawrence          Pub. date: 1984
      ISBN:0-697-06303-8                  Binding: Paper
      Publisher:Brown, W.C., Comunications, Inc.
      Price:
Bows & Arrows: An Archery Bibliography
      Author:Bobbs, Howard                Pub. date: 1974
      ISBN:0-913270-27-X                  Binding: Publisher: Sunstone Press
      Price:
Archery
      Author: Barrett, Jean A.            Pub. date: 04/1991
      ISBN: 0-88133-537-1                 Binding: Paperback text
      Publisher: Waveland Press, Incorporated, Prospect Heights, IL
      Price: $8.95x
Archery
      Author: Johnson, Dewayne J.         Pub. date: 03/1990
      ISBN: 0-89641-187-7                 Binding: Paperback text
      Publisher: American Press, Boston, MA
      Price: $6.95x
Archery Techniques
      Author: Addison, Carolyn F.         Pub. date: 04/1989
      ISBN: 0-89641-181-8                 Binding: Paperback text
      Publisher: American Press, Boston, MA
      Price: $7.95x
Archery: Steps to Success
      Author: Haywood, Kathleen M.        Pub. date: 1989
      ISBN: 0-88011-324-3                 Binding: Paperback textw
      Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers, Champaign, IL

Teaching Archery: Steps to Success
      Author: Haywood, Kathleen M.        Pub. date: 1989
      ISBN: 0-88011-334-0                 Binding: Paperback text
      Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers, Champaign, IL
      Price: $19.95x
Jim Atkinson's Archery, a Sport for All Seasons
      Author: Atkinson, Jim R.            Pub. date: 10/1988
      ISBN: 0-938991-38-8                 Binding: Paperback text
      Publisher: Colonial Press, Bessemer, AL
      Price: $10.00x
Archery
      Author: Boy Scouts of America       Pub. date: 1986
      ISBN: 0-8395-3381-0                 Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: Boy Scouts of America, Irving, TX
      Price: $1.85
Cub Scout Sports: Archery
      Author:                             Pub. date: 1985
      ISBN: 0-8395-4274-7                 Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: Boy Scouts of America, Irving, TX
      Price: $1.35x
Understanding Winning Archery
      Author: Henderson, Al               Pub. date: 01/1983
      ISBN: 0-913305-00-6                 Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: Target Communications Corporation, Mequon, WI
      Price: $8.95
National Archery Association Instructor's Manual
      Author: Baier, Patricia             Pub. date: 1982
      ISBN: 0-318-15081-6                 Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: National Archery Association of the United States, Colorad
      Price: $6.00
The Archer's Bible
      Author: Bear, Fred                  Pub. date: 06/1980
      ISBN: 0-385-15155-1                 Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Incorporated, New York, NY
      RETAIL: $  11.00
Teach Yourself Archery
      Author: Richardson, Margherita E.   Pub. date: 06/1980
      ISBN: 0-679-12000-9                 Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: McKay, David, Company, Incorporated, New York,NY
      Price: $4.95
An Essay on Archery
      Author: Mosely, Walter M.           Pub. date: 07/01/1976
      ISBN: 0-85409-968-9                 Binding: Hardcover.
      Publisher: Charles River Books, Boston, MA
      Price: $17.50
Target Archery
      Author: Klann, Margaret L.          Pub. date: 04/1970
      ISBN: 0-394-34890-7                 Binding: Paperback text
      Publisher: Random House, Incorporated, New York, NY
      Price: write for info
Instinctive Archery Insights
      Author: Jay Kidwell                 Pub. date: 1993
      ISBN: 0-9639718-0-8                 Binding: Paperback
      Publisher: Instinctive Archery Insights
                 P.O. Box 6531 dept. N
                Florence, KY 41042
      Cost: $14.00 includes s/h
Archery at the Dark of the Moon: Poetic Problems in Homer'
      Author: Austin, Norman              Pub. date:
      ISBN: 0-7837-4762-4                 Binding: Paper.
      Publisher: Books on Demand, Ann Arbor, MI
      Price: $84.00
The Archer's Craft
      Author: Hodgkin, Adrian Eliot       Pub. date:
      ISBN:                               Binding:
      Publisher:
      Price:
Brazilian Indian Archery
      Author: Heath, E.G.  Chiara, Vilma  Pub. date: 1977
      ISBN:                               Binding:
      Publisher:
      Price: #12
LONGBOW (Version 3) - Robert Hardy
technical info on making hardwood arrows
THE TRADITIONAL BOWYERS BIBLE (vols 1 & 2)
materials and equipment used right from scratch
ARCHERY: STEPS TO SUCCESS - Haywood, K.M. and Lewis, C.F.
step-by-step progression of learning proper form great for beginners
THE ARCHER'S CRAFT - Adrian Eliot Hodgkin
practical info on making hardwood arrows
INSTINCTIVE SHOOTING - Fred Asbell

The following traditional archery books are available from
The Simon Archery Foundation
The Manchester Museum
The University
Manchester M13 9PL, UK

  • BOWS AND ARROWS by James Duff.
    reprinted from 1927 ed., on how to make archery tackle etc., #18
  • TURKISH ARCHERY by Paul Klopsteg.
    This is one of the (very) few books on the construction and shooting of a Turkish composite, I listed it in the FAQ on Asian/Turkish composites. #18 or #34.20, they have a few damaged, but readable copies too.
  • TOXOPHILUS by Roger Ascham
    reprinted from a 1866 ed., written in 1544, #7.50
  • BRAZILIAN INDIAN ARCHERY by E.G.Heath and Vilma Chiara
    ethnotoxico-logical study, 1977 ed., #12
  • A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ARCHERY by Fred Lake and Hal Wright
    publ. in 1974, all refs to archery are here, #21+#3.15 s&h
  • LONGBOW. A SOCIAL AND MILITARY HISTORY by Robert Hardy
    #20 or $38, free surface mail, $8 air or #6.28 to Australia.
THE CROSSBOW - Sir R. Payne-Gallwey
A treatise on the crossbow full of anecdotes as well as practical detail B&W illustrations 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" (Holland) 351pp. HC
Possibly available from Barnes and Noble
Tel: (201)-767-7079

Japanese-style archery

Everyone knows "Zen in the Art of Archery" by Eugen Herrigel.
Zen in the Art of Archery
      Author: Eugen Herrigel              Pub. date: 
      ISBN: 0-679-72297-1                 Binding: Paperback
      Publisher: Vintage Books

Also of interest may be:

Shaho-Hassetsu - Eight Fundamental Parts of shooting in Japanese Archery
This 16-page manual is available from:
      Zen Nippon Kyudo Renmei
      Kishi Memorial Hall
      1-1-1, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku
      Tokyo, Japan

I just read a positive review of the following book, but have not seen it in stores yet:

  • Kyudo: The Essence and Practice of Japanese Archery
    Hideharu Onuma, with Dan and Jackie DeProspero
    Kodansha International, 1993
    ISBN 4-7700-1734-0
    160 p.
  • KYUDO: The Art of Zen Archery
    by Hans Joachim Stein
    Element Books
    ISBN 1-85230-035-3

I would recommend the book "The Secret of the Target", by Jackson Morisawa. It emphasizes the Zen aspects of Kyudo. It is published by Viking/Penguin. I know it is available from:

Chozen-ji Bookstore
3565 Kalihi St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
  • POLSKA BRON by TJERY WERNER

    It is the best book I've read on the history of crossbows,long, recurve and compound (composite) bows.
    More pictures and schematics than I've ever seen in a single book
    It also covers Eurasian and Asian stuff
    Unfortunately in Polish but worth translating or just looking at the schematics ESPECIALLY crossbows and compound (composite) "turkish" bows ( they are really Assyrian 5th cent. BC or older)

Magazines

THE GLADE
     Editor:       Ted Bradford
     Price:        UKP 2.80, UKP 14.00 subscription/year
     Availability: Archery shops or subscription:
     Contact:      Ted Bradford
                   62 Hook Rise North
                   Tolworth, Surrey
                   KT67JY
                   England
                   www.theglade.co.uk

     Review:       You won't find an English language archery magazine that's
                   much better than Ted Bradford's 'The Glade' out of the UK. 
                   If your Kanji's up to speed Yoshi Komatsu's "Archery" mag. 
                   from Japan is wonderful. Maybe some kind person with an 
                   address for one of these can post more info ?

  

Magazine Articles

  • Wier, William. "Hand Launched Missles." Military History. ??????
  • McEwen, Miller, and Bergman. "Early Bow Design and Construction."
    Scientific American. June, 1991.
  • Foley, Palmer, and Soedel. "The Crossbow." Scientific American.
    January, 1985
  • Weis, Norman, and Anderson. "A Modern Crossbow You Can Make."
    Mechanix Illustrated. December, 1976
  • Mother Earth News has had articles on: How to build bows, How to
    build a crossbow, and how to convert a compound bow into a
    crossbow. I don't have the article in front of me so I can't give
    exact citations at the moment.
    How to build a crossbow: Sept/Oct 1984 Issue
    How to convert a compound: "The Hybrid Crossbow", Issue 104, March 1987, pp 74-75

Misc

PAMPLETS

  • Kittredge, Doug. "How To Make Arrows." Kittredge Archery.
  • New World Arbalest Pamplet. David Wheson.

    1402 West 51 St.
    Austin, Tx.
    Telephone: (512)-453-2628

BEGINNER'S SECTION

  • Archery Merit Badge pamphlet
    Boy Scouts (Most any store providing Boy Scout stuff should be able to get it for you)
  • The National Archery Association has just published a revised version
    of their instructors' manual. It is one of the best introductory
    archery books around. You can get it from:

    The NAA
    1 Olympic Plaza
    Colorado Springs, CO 80909.

  • Archery, Steps to Success
    It is available in many bookstores.
  • Archery for Beginners
    by John Williams



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