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The most important early Dutch book on hunting

MERULA, Paulus.
Placaten ende ordonnancien op 't stuck vande wildernissen.
The Hague, Beuckel Cornelisz. Nieulandt, 1605. 3 parts in 1 volume. Small folio (31 x 20 cm). With attractive engraved title-page (showing Diana, goddess of the hunt, a hunter and a falconer surrounding an elaborate cartouche together with hounds, birds of prey, and prey) and 2 double-page woodcut plates showing the castles of Teylingen and Warmond. Contemporary vellum. [24], 264; 124; 59, [1 blank] pp.
€ 9,500
First edition of the most important early Dutch book on hunting ("das wichtigste Buch der frühen niederländischen Jagdliteratur" Lindner). It is divided into three "books", the first on forestry (including regulations for hunting grounds and the preservation of wildlife), the second on hunting and the third on falconry. While the first is an exhaustive collection of laws and regulations, the others give a more general overview of hunting and falconry in the Low Countries.
With a corner cut off a flyleaf removing an old owner's inscription, minor water stains in the foot margin and some occasional faint browning, otherwise in very good condition. Harting 84; Lindner 11.2447.01; Schwerdt II, p. 24; Souhart, col. 329; for the author: NNBW II, cols. 902-904.
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