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(ARCUSSIA, Charles d'.) LOFT, John, trans.

D'Arcussia's Falconry.

Louth, Lincolnshire, [for the author,] 2003 Stock Code: 136151
£350.00
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First and only edition of the first English translation of d'Arcussia's La Fauconnerie, first published in 1599, Loft's translation from the 1643 edition; signed and dated by the translator on the half-title. Uncommon: a search of online institutional holdings produces just five locations: BL, Oxford, Cambridge, McGill and the US Air Force Academy. Nature writer and ornithologist Stephen Bodio writes that Loft's "work on a never-translated manual by d'Arcussia, a 17th-century Provençal professional, makes the most interesting falconry book between Frederic II and the late 19th-century The Art and Practice of Hawking, accessible. It enables English speakers, whose idea of falconry can be a bit narrow, to see a western falconry culture with much eastern influence, one that Emperor Frederic would have recognized" (Stephen Bodio's Querencia, 22 June 2013, retrieved 19/10/2019). A relatively recent publication, but an important one and genuinely sought-after.

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Description

Octavo. Original green boards, title gilt to the spine. With the pictorial dust jacket.

Illustrations

Frontispiece and numerous illustrations to the text, many full-page.

Condition

Jacket slightly rubbed and just a little loose, otherwise very good indeed.

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