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SALVIN, Francis Henry, & William Brodrick.

Falconry in the British Isles.

London, John Van Voorst, 1855; revised in 1872. Stock Code: 137081
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Author's heavily revised and expanded proof sheets in preparation for the second edition. Falconry in the British Isles by Francis Henry Salvin (1817-1904), with plates by William Brodrick (1814-1888), is the most important work on the subject produced during the nineteenth century, and an essential standard work. The first edition was published in 1855, and a new edition in 1873. Harting states that this "second edition is to be preferred for the emendations and additions to the text" and describes it as the "best modern book in English on the art and practice of Falconry".

Salvin's set of working proofs for the expanded edition includes two complete sets of sheets of the 1855 first edition (from slightly varying settings of type). The first set is heavily revised and emended, with the insertion of nine full sheets of holograph additions in ink, and a multitude of smaller corrections and additions throughout the text. With title, contents, and index; and with corrected long galleys of the glossary. The first sheet is marked in manuscript: "Revise & Proof / returned to Printers Nov 25th 1872." There are several minor corrections in pencil to the second set of sheets.

The stones for the 24 plates to the 1855 edition were destroyed after publication, requiring the complete revision of all images. Present here is original water-colour by Brodrick of an adult female peregrine, together with a small water-colour sketch of "Lady Hawking's Purse of Elizabethan Date"; and 23 lithographic plates, of which 15 are proofs before letters and eleven have full or partial hand-colour; one of the plates of the implements is marked for a revision.

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2 volumes quarto (292 x 192 mm). A set of proof sheets for the 1855 first edition, marked up for second edition; together with a largely unmarked set of proof sheets. Unbound. Marked proofs with numerous manuscript insertions and additional sheets tipped in. Black half morocco slipcase and cloth chemise.


Original water-colour by Brodrick of an adult female peregrine, water-colour of "Lady Hawking's Purse of Elizabethan Date"; and 23 lithographs after drawings by Brodrick, of which 15 are proofs before letters, and 11 fully or partially hand-coloured.


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