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We offer Extremely Rare & Highly Collectible falconry books as and when they become available. Usually, there will be only one copy of each title so you will have to check back on a regular basis to see the currently listed items. We will state overall conditions as clearly as possible and usually understate the condition to be safe. Over time these books have become very good investments and some of the items listed are being sold for collectors who may now need some cash for one reason or another. Some books may be from estates where the falconer has passed and the family is selling the books.
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A: COURSING AND FALCONRY: THE BADMINTON LIBRARY OF SPORTS AND PASTIMES by Harding Cox and the Hon. Gerald Lascelles; Illustrations by John Charlton, R.H. Moore, Lancelot Speed, and G.E. Lodge; Longmans, Green, and Co.; 1892; Standard Edition; black and white illustration and photograph plates throughout; other illustrations and photographs; bound in brown cloth in the standard trade binding for the Badminton Library series; 413 pages; list of other books in series on final pages; 7.5 x 5.5; good condition; some discoloring on pages; $165.00
B: (SOLD) COURSING AND FALCONRY: THE BADMINTON LIBRARY OF SPORTS AND PASTIMES by Harding Cox and the Hon. Gerald Lascelles; Illustrations by John Charlton, R.H. Moore, Lancelot Speed, and G.E. Lodge; Longmans, Green, and Co.; 1892; Standard Edition; black and white illustration and photograph plates throughout; other illustrations and photographs; deluxe binding, half blue roan on orange cloth with gold lettering and editor, Duke of Beaufort's coat of arms stamped on the front cover; 413 pages; list of other books in series on final pages; 7.5 x 5.5; good condition; some discoloring on pages; $235.00
F. A TREATISE UPON FALCONRY IN TWO PARTS by James Cockburn Bellany; Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK: Privately published; 1841; 277 pages; hardcover; marbled board on cover with leather spine and corners, raised back, gilt lettering on spine; black and white frontispiece; 8.5 x 5.5; very good condition; some spotting on first few pages; $695.00
(Harting) "Part I. contains observations upon the Nature, Antiquity and History of Falconry. Part II. contains notices of the different Hawks used in British Hawking, the proper method of keeping, training, and flying the birds, the apparatus belonging to the art, etc. Appended is a Glossary of the 'Terms used in Falconry,' very incomplete, and not always accurate, the body of the work also containing many serious errors. A work much overrated by the booksellers."
Belany was tried for the murder of his wife in 1844, and occasionally a copy of this work will turn up with the police report bound in with it. A copy of this entire report can be found at the University of Chicago...Belany was found innocent, but his neighbors, believing otherwise, stoned him, burned his house down, and drove him out of the county. In later years he used the assumed named of Daniel Crowberry. (See Swift-Bibliotheca Accipitraria II #53.01 [Plate 10])
Provenance Provenance Inscription: John A. Cowen of Blaydon Burn, 1854. Previous owner is on the list of attendees of a meeting for the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1889.
G: OBSERVATIONS UPON HAWKING by Sebright, Sir J. S., Bart M. P.; Describing the Mode of Breaking and Managing The Several Kinds of HAWKS USED IN FALCONRY; London, Printed for H. and W. Wright, (from the Late Mr. Harding's, St James's Street), 51 Hay-Market; by B. McMillen, Bow Street, Covent Garden, 5.5" X 8.5"; extremely rare; in wraps with custom clam shell box; 1828; $2750.00
I: FALCONRY: ITS CLAIMS, HISTORY, AND PRACTICE by Gage Earl Freeman and Francis Henry Salvin; Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, London, 1859; 352 pages; hardbound; black and white frontispiece; 3 black and white plates; some illustrations in the text; 8 x 5; original binding; very rare; good condition; $1250.00
The brown cloth cover taken from the frontispiece depicts a gold-stamped falcon binding to a magpie and is also blind stamped to create an attractive surrounding pattern. This volume is always difficult to find in good condition in its original binding.
(Gossard) "The famous bookseller MR. E. Chambers Hallam of Great Britain issued numerous book catalogues. In catalogue no. 70 he quotes an inscription by Salvin in a copy of this work: 'It's vulgar, self sufficient, flippant in style, and positively offensive.' Perhaps the authors had a falling out? Most knowledgeable falconers feel this is one of the better falconry books." (See Swift-Bibliotheca Accipitraria II #202.01 [Plate 35])
Provenance: Previously owned by William Henry Charlton (1846-1918): W.H. Charlton was a Victorian sketch artist and painter. He travelled around Europe, drawing and painting the places he visited. He studied for a time at the Academie Julian in Paris. He also travelled around England and Scotland.
One of his favorite places to visit was North Shields in North Tyneside. He enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the busy streets and the fish market. He would often row out onto the river Tyne and sketch scenes of the quayside from my boat.
J. LORD LILFORD (THOMAS LITTLETON, FOURTH BARON): A MEMOIR BY HIS SISTER Smith, Elder, & Co., London; 1900; 290 pages; first edition; hardcover; 6 pages of publisher's advertisements plus 18 pages of plates including a frontispiece in photogravure; original dark green ribbed cloth wrapped in protective plastic covering, spine gilt lettered, front cover lettered in blind, with an image of a bird stamped in black, white, and blind, black endpapers; 8.25 x 5.5; good condition; one end sheet is loose; $95.00
M. Set of Two Books:
Phillott, Lt. Col. D. C, A PERSIAN TREATISE ON FALCONRY, Erye Press, London, 2002, 6.5 x 10, HB, gold gilt cover/spine, tipped-in sepia, b/w & col images, pictorial endsheets, stab sewn/bound in the Asian style, 195pp. This is a limited edition run of 250 numbered copies with a forward by S. Kent Carnie of the Archives of American Falconry. This is the first reprint of this classic translation by Phillott of Taymur Mirza's treatise from 1868. This edition has been tastefully reproduced here for those who have not been able to acquire a copy of the original.
Phillott, Lt. Col. D. C, OBSERVATIONS ON EASTERN FALCONRY, Erye Press, London, 2002, 6.5 x 10, HB, gold gilt cover/spine, b/w images, col frontispiece, pictorial endsheets, this edition is also stab sewn/bound in the Asian style, 215pp. Limited edition run of 250 numbered copies with a forward by Kenyon Gibson. A collection of articles by D C Phillott & published between 1906-1910 in the Journal & Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Calcutta--when falconry was king in that area of the world. Twenty-six chapters covering Falconidae, equipment (some hood patterns) and ornithology.
Set: $225.00 (This set is new and has not previously been owned.)
N. Fisher, Major Charles Hawkins, Reminiscences of a Falconer, 1st edition, John C. Nimmo, London., 1901, 6" x 9," 202 Pages. Photogravure plates. Green pictorial cloth gilt, top edge gilt. A very sound copy with only slight edge-wear & foxing. $395.00
This copy was owned by Harry Cecil Clifton (inscription with his name dated 1927)
P. (SOLD) Harting, J.E., Hints on the Management of Hawks, To which is added, Practical Falconry, Chapters Historical and Descriptive, 2nd edition, Horace Cox, "The Field" Office, London, 6" x 9", 1898. There are a number of illustrations and lithographs in this book with some outstanding ones by G E Lodge. The endsheets are patterned and the cover is light green cloth with gold gilt spine and front cover. This copy is in very good condition. $425.00
Provenance: Inscribed by the author: "Charles C. Tyrrell Giles, With kind regards, From the Author."
Q. (SOLD) Ernest Lewis, In Search of the Gyrfalcon, An Account of a Trip to North-East Iceland by London. Constable and Co. 1938. First edition, 6" x 9", xxiii, 235p., 24 photographic plates, rear folding map, appendices, green cloth, blue spine titles. English naturalist, Ernest Vesey, details a trip to Iceland and the Westmann Islands in 1936 to study the king eider, oyster-catchers, and particularly gyrfalcons and sea eagles. Published posthumously after an early death, the book includes a memoir of the author written by his father. Good price. $450.00
Provenance: Contains the initials of G.E. Lodge who seems to have presented it to David Armitage Bannerman. (D.A.B. from G.E. Lodge written in George Lodge's handwriting.) There are notes throughout this copy and as near as we can figure they are by G E Lodge when comparing his writing. One page in the back of the book is filled with notes of various species as written about from the text. The fold out map is marked with page numbers in the locations of the events in the book. It contains the bookplate of David A. Bannerman, author of the well-known set of books "Birds of the British Isles" which was illustrated by G E Lodge. This copy seems to have been studied extensively but it is very sound and in good condition.
R. Blome, R., HAWKING OR FAULCONRY, The Cresset Press Limited, London, 1929. Large Folded engraving frontis, hardcover, 6.5" x 8.25". Dust wrapper has a small closed tear in bottom right corner and a small piece of the upper spine dust wrapper missing. The entire dust wrapper has been backed with the same color brown paper and wrapped with a plastic protector so it is well-preserved from any further damage. Scarce. Animals: Birds; Sports. Colophon at front reads: The text of this edition is printed in Monotype Cochin and is limited to 650 copies, of which numbers I-L are printed on Arnold hand-made paper, and bound in limp vellum. The type has been distributed. This copy is number (597). This is a very good copy of this book. $475.00
S. (SOLD) Perfect Booke for Kepinge of Sparhawkes or Goshawkes, Written about 1575. Then printed from the original manuscript on Vellum. With Introduction and Glossary by J.E. Harting. Bernard Quaritch, 15 Piccadilly, London, 1886. 51pp. Copy #7 of a limited edition of 100 copies only. Harting, J.E. Leather spine, 6.75" x 8.5", red colored board cover. Bookplate of Henry Treacher. This book is in very good condition and obviously very rare. $1350.00
T. Latham, S., Latham's Faulconry, London, Thomas Harper, for John Harison, 1633. 2 volumes (bound in one). 5.75" x 7.75", Full Leather, in Half Leather Box with raised endbands and gilt lettering. 1st Book: Concerning the Ordering and Training Up of all Hawkes in General, Especially the Haggard Falcon Gentle & 2nd Book: Teaching Approved Medicines for the Cure of all Diseases in them. This is a well-preserved copy of this important work in a very nice box. Good price! Want to know more? $8750.00