I would needs be admitted into the dancing and vaulting schools; of which late activity one Stokes, the master, did afterward set forth a pretty book1, which was published, with many witty elogies before it.


  1. Footnote by Austin Dobson: Now extremely scarce. Its title is:

    “The Vaulting-Master: or, The Art of Vaulting. Reduced to a Method, comprized under certaine Rules, Illustrated by Examples, And Now primarily set forth, by Will: Stokes. Printed for Richard Davis, in Oxon, 1652.”

    It is a small oblong quarto, with the author’s portrait prefixed, and a number of plates beautifully engraved (most probably by George Glover), representing feats of activity on horseback.