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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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Bodel Nijenhuis, the well-known publisher, helping a forester with his book on the history of hunting rights

BODEL NIJENHUIS, Johannes Tiberius. [Autograph letter to Abraham Hendrik Verster van Wulverhorst].
Leiden, [17] August 1839. Autograph letter, signed. 4to (23,5 x 19,5 cm) with and 8vo leaf inserted (21 x 13 cm). Letter with the address and two red postal ink stamps dated Leiden, 17 and 18 August [1839]. With a loosely inserted leaf dated from Leiden, 21 August 1839, also from Bodel Nijenhuis. 1 leaf (23.5 x 39 cm), folded as a letter, with additional leaf (20.8 x 13 cm). Full description
€ 800
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Rare early (5th?) edition of a popular work on angling, printed by Baskerville’s unofficial successor

BOWLKER, Charles. The art of angling; or, compleat fly-fisher. Describing the different kinds of fish, their haunts, places of feeding, and retirement; with an account of the generation of fishes, and observations on the breeding of carp. Together with directions how to regulate pools or ponds. Also the various kinds of baits, and the great diversity of flies that nature produces. To which are added, directions for making artificial flies.
Birmingham, Miles Swinney, 1788. 12mo. XI, 218, [2] pp. Full description
€ 450
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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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The animals and inhabitants of South Africa

DELEGORGUE, Adulphe. Voyage dans l'Afrique australe notamment dans le territoire de Natal dans celui des Cafres Amazoulous et Makatisses et jusqu'au tropique du Capricorne ...
Paris, (back of half-title: W. Remquet et compagnie), 1847. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a lithographed frontispiece showing the author, 8 lithographed plates and 2 folding lithographed maps. Contemporary black half morocco, richly gold-tooled spines. XVI, 580; [4], 622, [2] pp. Full description
€ 875
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Extensive hunting and fishing dictionary

[DELISLE DE SALES, Jean-Baptiste-Claude]. Dictionnaire théorique et pratique de chasse et de pêche.
Paris, Son of J.B.G. Musier, 1769. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a small engraved illustration on the title-page of each part, one showing a hunting scene, the other a fishing/angling scene. Contemporary marbled paper wrappers. [3], [1 blank], LVII, 58-60, 1-75, [1 blank]; [3], [1 blank], 510, [5], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 350
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