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    Symon Latham. Lathams Falconry: or, The faulcons Lure, and Cure: In Two Books. The first, concerning the ordering and training vp of all Hawkes in generall; especially the Haggard Faulcon Gentle. The second, teaching approued medicines for the cure of all Diseases in them. Gathered by long practice and experience, and published for the delight of noble mindes, and instruction of young Faulconers in things pertaining to this Princely Art. London: Printed by Thomas Harper, for Iohn Harison, 1633.

    Third edition of part one, second edition of part two. Two quarto parts in one (7 x 5.5 inches; 175 x 140 mm.). [24], 148,[4]; [24], 147, [1] pages. Part two with separate title-page (though bound before part one in this copy). Both parts with woodcut device on title, sectional vignettes, and initials, several of which are historiated. Part two with thirty-two intertextual woodcuts.

    Contemporary sprinkled calf, borders rolled in blind, floral tools stamped in blind at corners, spine elaborately tooled in gilt in compartments, four raised bands, gilt red morocco lettering piece, gilt board edges, edges sprinkled red. Twentieth century gilt morocco bookplate of David Wagstaff and seventeenth century engraved armorial bookplate of Francis Fulford affixed to inside of front board. A few instances of light spotting, and offsetting from cuts. Several leaves trimmed close, affecting a few top rules in the headlines of part two, and the catchword on leaf I4r in part one. Headcap perished. Joints splitting but boards holding tight. Overall a very good copy.

    A lovely copy of a work that "ranks among the principal books on hawking in the English language" (Schwerdt). Written by Simon Latham, falconer to Henry Sadler (and likely brother of Lewis Latham, falconer to King Charles I), the first part of the work concerns methods of hunting with hawks and the treatment of avian diseases while the second part takes up the training of younger birds.
    Harting writes that this 1633 edition of Latham's Falconry is "quite as good as the first [edition], of which it is a reprint without alteration"

    Harting (English) 20. Lowndes II, 1315. Scherdt I, 302. STC 15267.7 and 15628.7.


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