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Second edition (1 year after the first, both very rare) of a classic on falconry and hawking by King Henri IV’s falconer

ARCUSSIA, Charles d'. La fauconnerie ... Divisee en trois livres. Avec une briefve instruction pour traitter les autours, sur la fin de l'oeuvre, ...
Paris, Jean Houzé, 1599. 8vo. With Houzé's woodcut device, 6 full-page engravings of birds of prey (12.5 x 8.5 cm) plus 3 (of 5) repeats and all on integral leaves. Red goatskin morocco, signed in the foot of the front turn-in by M[arcel] GODILLOT (active as bookbinder 1938-1975), with wide gold-tooled turn-ins and gold fillets on board edge. 272, [8] pp. Full description
€ 18,000
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First edition of one of the most important natural history books of the Renaissance

BELON, Pierre. L'Histoire de la nature des oyseaux, avec leurs descriptions, & naifs portaicts retirez du naturel: escrite en sept livres.
Paris, Guillaume Cavellat (colophon: printed by Benoit Prévost), 1555. 7 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With a woodcut portrait on the back of the title-page (apparently of the dedicatee King Henri II, though copied in other books as a portrait of the author), large woodcuts of the skeletons of a man and a bird on pp. 40-41, plus 158 woodcuts (157 birds, 1 bat) in text. Contemporary blind- and gold-tooled calf (rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down). [28], 381, [1], [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 29,500
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Rare work on falconry and cormorant fishing

BELVALLETTE, Alfred. Traité de fauconnerie et d'autourserie suivi d'une étude sur la pêche au cormoran.
Évreux, Charles Hérissey, 1903. Large 8vo (28.5 x 21.5 cm). With 35 plates and numerous illustrations in text. Modern red half sheepskin, with the original publisher's printed wrappers bound in. 12], 269, [1 blank], [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 2,750
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Texts of original documents concerning Charles VIII’s hunting and falconry 1485-1486: compiler’s presentation copy

CHARLES VIII, King of France, [compiled by Emmanuel Victor POURROY de l’Aubérivière, Comte de QUINSONAS]. Comptes de la venerie et fauconnerie du Roi Charles VIII. ... 1485-1486.
Lyon, printed by Louis Perrin [for the compiler], 1860. 8vo (24 x 16 cm). With the title-page in red and black with the coat of arms of the compiler, 4 chromolithographed plates showing 3 stained-glass portraits and an architectural elevation, all drawn by P. Giniz and lithographed in Paris by Engelmann & Graf, 2 double-page etched views drawn by J. de Montchalin & Le Bon de Maupetit and engraved by J. M. Fugère, and a lithographic facsimile of a letter written and signed by Margaret of Austria. Half grey-brown cloth (ca. 1900?), top edge gilt, with the publisher's printed paper wrappers bound in. VI, 22 pp. plus plates. Full description
€ 8,500
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Hunting, falconry and fishing manual, with 90 engraved plates

[FORTIN, François]. Amusemens de la chasse et de la peche, où l'on enseigne la manière de prendre toute forte d'oiseaux & d'animaux à quatre piés. Aves des instructions sur la volerie & les oiseaux qui y servent; ...
Amsterdam and Leipzig, Arkstée and Merkus, 1743. 2 volumes. 12mo. With 90 folding engraved plates. Contemporary mottled, tanned sheepskin, richly gold-tooled spine. [4], XIV, 391, [1 blank]; [8], 284, [76] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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From the collection of the Princes of Oettingen-Wallerstein

FOUILLOUX, Jacques du. La venerie [...] de nouveau reveue, et augmentée, outre les precedentes impressions.
Paris, Clause Cramoisy, 1624. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. (22.6 x 16.4 cm). With the title-page printed in red and black with woodcut vignette, 57 woodcut illustrations, of which 3 full-page, woodcut musical scores, head- and tailpieces, and initials. 19th-century black morocco, covers and spine blind-tooled with lion motif, gilt turn-ins, red morocco doublures with gilt dentelle borders, red edges [CUYLS], inkstamp of the princes of Öttingen-Wallerstein on title, gilt monogram "AR" on doublure, "Bona fide sine fraude" book label. [4], 124, [8] pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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1640 edition of a classic hunting book, with 57 woodcuts

FOUILLOUX, Jacques du. La venerie ... de nouveau reveuë, & augmentée du Miroir de fauconnerie.
Paris, Pierre David, 1640. 4to. With 57 woodcut illustrations (plus 1 repeat) on integral leaves, including 1 on the title-page (3 full-page, further mostly 11 x 12 cm); woodcut music notes. Lacking part 2 on hawking (38 pp.). Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. [4], 124, [4] ll. Full description
€ 3,750
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The most extensively annotated edition of the greatest Mediaeval work on falconry

FRIEDRICH II (FREDERICK II), Holy Roman Emperor. Reliqua librorum Friderici II. Imperatoris De arte venandi cum avibus. Cum Manfredi Regis additionibus. Ex membranaceo codice camerarii primum edita ...
Including: ALBERTUS MAGNUS. De falconibus asturibus et accipitribus quibus annotations addidit suas Jo. Gottl. Schneider, ... Tomus I.[-II.]
Leipzig, heirs of Johann Georg Müller (colophons vol. I: J.G.I. Breitkopf; vol. II: Christoph Carl Klaubarth), 1788-1789. 2 volumes bound as 1. 4to. With 6 engraved illustration plates (I-VI, including 1 oblong folio folding). Early 19th-century half calf, gold-tooled spine. XVIII, 198; [4], 228 pp. Full description
€ 8,500
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