Sir Richard Francis Burton's Classic Account of Falconry

    Sir Richard Francis Burton. Falconry in the Valley of the Indus. London: John van Voorst, 1852. First edition, one of only 500 copies printed. Octavo. xii, 107, [8, ads] pages. With four half-tone lithographic plates drawn by Joseph Wolf inserted. Publisher's original full brown cloth, covers and spine triple-ruled in blind, spine lettered in gilt. Spine and board extremities sunned, front joint a bit worn at bottom (still solid), hinges starting, some minor marginal staining or foxing in text. Still, a near fine copy of this rare book.

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    "This book is today considered a classic, although it created little fanfare at the time of its appearance. Much in demand among collectors of Burtoniana, it is an intriguing excursion into a pastime which almost predictably appealed to a man of Burton's temperament. The work is set in Sind during 1845 and 1846, when Burton enjoyed many happy hours hunting with the region's accomplished falconers." (Casada, Sir Richard F. Burton, a Bibliographical Study, 34).

    Penzer, Burton, p. 41.

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