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Delle caccie . . . libri quattro.(Colophon: Naples, Lazaro Scoriggio, 1626). 4to. With an engraved architectural title-page and 13 full-page engraved illustrations (plus 8 repeats) on integral leaves, depicting hunting, hawking, fishing and fowling, they and the title-page engraved by N. Perrey. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment.
Harting, Bibl. Accipitraria 277; Schwerdt II, p. 123; Souhart, col 394; cf. Nissen, ZBI 3273 (later editions). Second edition (with new and more extensive illustrations and some additions) of one of the most noted Italian books on hunting, also including falconry, fishing and husbandry. Bartolomeo Fontana in Raimondi's native Brescia published the first edition in 1621, but it contained only 7 woodcuts. On pp. 41-78 "the different kinds of falcons and hawks are described, as well as the method of training and flying the goshawk and sparrow-hawk, the former of which was much used in Italy in the seventeenth century for taking partridges and phaesants." While on pp. 80-137 "the qualities of a good falconer are noted, the mode of training falcons, making them to the hood, &c., and general advice as to feeding and moulting'' (Harting). Leaf K4 and possibly some other leaves with engravings appear to have been sophisticated at an early date. With an old repair to a tear in one engraving (K4) and with some modern marginal restorations; but otherwise in good condition, with some worm holes in the upper gutter margin of quires X-Z, not touching the text; some marginal browning. Vellum only loosely attached. With a tear repaired in the vellum of the binding. One of the most noted Italian books on hunting, in the much better illustrated second edition.
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