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INTRODUCTION

This is the best book of its kind that has ever been published. As that statement implies limitation of scope it is necessary, per­haps, to be specific in bounding its purpose. It is essentially a work­ing manual for one who would teach archery in its practical form first to himself and then to others. It is almost safe to assert that one who could not shoot might still teach the elements of the sport in a fairly creditable manner if he rigorously adhered to the text. Let that not mislead one! He could teach better than many an instructor who shoots only by main strength and awkwardness, bolstered with bluff, but he could never meet the exigencies of un­expected deviation from the normal nor appreciate the minutiae of technique required by even fair competence.

The author has correctly stated that there are many ways of performing the essentially simple act of drawing the bow and loos­ing the arrow. Elementally the feat is so simple that in the popular mind archery is a pastime for Cupid or a small child, neither with more sense than the other. In detail its variations are infinite, as with all of the world's great games. What could be more simple than the Arabic numerals and yet what more profound? It is so with toxophily. Physicists of the highest standing never tire of pondering on its mysterious phenomena, where the writhing of a shaft past the bow and its flight through fields of potent but unseen forces are so puzzling even while so beautiful. All that is artistic within us responds to the grace of a bending bow. Our strength of body may be taxed to exhilaration by a powerful weapon, or we may be charmed by the sprightly response of one contrived more delicately. The muscular athlete and the slender girl can find in archery a worthy and satisfying outlet for the best that is within them.

Phillip Rounsevelle has had enormous experience in making bows and arrows, in shooting with them at the largest tournaments in America, in friendship with leading archers of this country and England, whose methods he has studied closely, and in teaching the art of archery to hundreds of beginners. Some of the best years of his life have been given to the beloved task. From such a background, one that few man could equal, he has culled the best, arranged it into logical sequence, reduced it to terms that every one can understand, and given it a form that may be translated into practical results on the shooting range. His method is simple, precise, accurate, and tested by trial from end to end.

Robert P. Elmer, M.D.
Wayne, PA