A Perfect Booke for Kepinge of Sparhawkes or Goshawkes. Written about 1575. Now first printed from the original MS. on vellum.
4to. (4), XXXII, 51, (1) pp. With frontispiece after a 16th-century etching and a facsimile plate. Original morocco-backed boards.
An Elizabethan treatise on the training of sparrowhawks; no. 39 of 100 numbered copies. The original manuscript was at Didlington Hall, Norfolk in the possession of Mr. W. A. Tyssen-Amherst. "Written about 1575, the original vellum ms. was discovered in a country home, where it had lain forgotten for several hundred years; its authorship has not been established" (Cave).
Provenance: Dr. Mitchell, Boldmere (bookplate); O.V. Aplin, Bloxham (ink inscription to half-title).
Lacking backstrip; upper cover detached. Corners worn, rubbed.
Harting 81. Schwerdt I, 233. OCLC 19806693.