SCHLEGEL, H. & VERSTER VAN WULVERHORST, A.H.
Traité de Fauconnerie.
Leiden & Düsseldorf 1844-1853. Elephant-Folio (695 x 510mm). With tinted lithographic pictorial titlepage, 2 tinted lithographic plates and 14 handcoloured lithographic plates. Recent green half morocco, richly gilt spine in 7 compartments with falcon ornaments, frontcover with gilt lettered label.
"The finest work on Falconry which has ever been produced; not only on account of the beauty of theplates, wherein the hawks are depicted life-size and of the natural colours, but also for the general accuracy of the letterpress ... Exclusive of the ornamental title-page..., there are 16 folio plates, 2 of which are illustrative of Heron Hawking at the Loo, in 1844, with portraits of contemporary falconers; 2 others contain figures of hoods, jesses, lure, and other accessories; and the remaining 12 give life-size coloured figures of the hawks employed by falconers, admirably drawn by Joseph Wolf and J.B. Sonderland" (Harting, Bibliotheca Accipitraria 194). A fine copy with the first 3 text leaves skilfully reproduced. The 'Traité de fauconnerie' is the rarest and most beautiful sought after book on falconry ever published. According to the exhibition catalogue (1993) on falconry books in the Dutch Royal Library (The Hague) most likely only 100 copies were printed of which nowadays no more than 50 copies can be located. Fine Bird Books 105; Nissen IVB, 832.
Item nr. 8017
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