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LA FAUCONNERIE DE CHARLES D'ARCUSSIA DE CAPRE.
Rouen 1643 - Rouen, Francois Vaultier et Jacques Besongne, 1643. Small 4to, approximately 210 x 160 mm, 8½ x 6¼ inches, 12 full page engravings of hawks, and 2 woodcuts of L'Anatomie des oyseaux in the text, one folding plate of hawking implements, LACKING 4 PLATES OF IMPLEMENTS AT PAGE 296, which seem to be often missing. French text, pages [6] 334, (8) - Contents Table, 1- 162, (12) - Contents Table to the Conference des Fauconniers. Conference des Fauconniers, Discours de Chasse, Lettres de Philoierax a Philofalco have separate dated title pages, although pagination is continuous. The title page and 5 unnumbered leaves (tables) to Conference Des Fauconniers are misplaced at the end of the Lettres, and should be placed between Vv4 and Aaa1. The Lettres is LACKING 6 LEAVES OF TEXT at the end, pages 163-174 (Xxx2-4 and Yyy1-3). There are a few mispaginations but the rest of the text is guaranteed complete. Bound in 19th century half red leather over marbled sides, gilt decorated raised bands to spine, gilt rules and tiny gilt motif in compartments, gilt lettering, edges speckled, ink signatures of Lord Lilford and Guy Aylmer on front endpaper, Guy Aylmer's dated 1944, book-plate of Guy Aylmer on first pastedown. Small repair to head of spine, 5 mm (3/8 inch), rubbed at tail and on hinges, hinges just starting to crack at head and tail, corners slightly worn, small dark stain on leather on upper cover, title page dusty and faintly stained, tiny hole in upper margin neatly repaired on blank side, early inscription across title page, intermittent pale damp stain to top third of the pages, varying in size, couple of pages lightly browned, slight staining to 1 lower margin, very occasional pale foxing to margins, closed tear to 1 lower corner, neatly repaired with no loss of text, binding tight and firm. An acceptable copy of a scarce falconry book complete with all the bird plates (lacking 4 implements plates and 6 leaves at the end of Lettres de Philoierax as mentioned). First published in 1599, this edition of 1643 is not recorded in James Edmund Harting, Bibliotheca Accipitraria, A Catalogue of Books Ancient & Modern relating to Falconry, pages 81-81; nor in Carl Franz Georg Richard Schwerdt, Hunting, Hawking and Shooting Volume I, page 43, but they both record an edition of 1644 which collates the same as ours. There are copies of the 1643 edition held in National Library of Scotland and Bodleian Library, Oxford. Lord Lilford whose signature is on the front endpaper was a famous ornithologist (1833-1896). He kept a large collection of birds from around the world and was responsible for introducing the Little Owl to England in the 1880s. His books include: Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands in 8 volumes and Notes on the Birds of Northamptonshire and Neighbourhood (1895). Guy Aylmer falconer and inventor of the aylmeri jess. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING. POSTAGE AT COST. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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