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DescriptionA Short Discourse of Hawking to the Field by Sir Thomas Sherley
1st edition, 6.25" x 9.25", hardbound, 79 pages.
Prepared by noted falconry literature expert Peter Devers and presented here by the Archives of American Falconry in the high standard that we have grown to expect. This work is the third book printed on the sport in English and the first such written by a practicing falconer based on personal experience. Only a single copy of this work is known to exist, presently in the Wagstaff Collection of Yale's Beineke Library. As such, it is clearly the rarest printed book on our sport in the English language. The famed falconry scholar and bibliographer J.E. Harting, unaware of its existence, failed to list this work in his otherwise exhaustive Bibliotheca Accipitraria (1891). It has never been reprinted and is highly collectible.