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La fauconnerie au moyen age.

Published: Paris: Auguste Ghio, 1879

Stock code: 92663

Price: £1,250

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First edition. “A work which no student of the history of Falconry should neglect. Amongst the ‘Pièces Justificatives’ at the end of the volume will be found a chronological list of the Grand Falconers of France; extracts showing the expenses attending the maintenance of hawking in France, from the Household Accounts of François I, Henri I, Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XVI; the state of Falconry at the court of France in 1785” (Harting). The work has a dedicated section on ‘La Fauconnerie chez les Arabes’, by Général Daumas, recognized as the French Army’s leading expert on Arab culture, and the head of the North Africa, Bureaux Arabes. Armorial bookplate of Thorvald Lindquist to the front pastedown, the great majority of Lindquist’s falconry collection is now in the library of the Royal Armoury, Stockholm, having been acquired from him in 1944; subsequent plate of Tony Huston, son of film director John Huston, and one of America’s leading falconers.

Octavo (220 x 140mm). Later blue half morocco, marbled boards, title direct to the spine, top edge gilt, the others lightly sprinkled brown, original wraps bound in front and back. Spine mildly sunned, light toning, a very good copy.

Bibliography: Harting, Bibliotheca Accipitraria 211.

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