Rare work on falconry and cormorant fishing

Belvallette, Alfred. Traité de Fauconnerie et d'Autourserie suivi d'une étude sur la pêche au cormoran.

Evreux, Imprimerie de Charles Hérissey, 1903.

Large 8vo. (12), 269, (3) pp. With 35 plates and numerous illustrations in text. Modern red half sheepskin, with the original publisher's printed wrappers bound in.


Rare first and only edition of a work on falconry, followed by a short treatise on cormorant fishing by Alfred Belvallette, "well known in France as a skilful falconer, and he writes with a thorough knowledge of his subject [...] French falconers apply the term 'fauconnerie' only to flights with the long-winged hawks (Peregrine, Merlin, Hobby, and Jerfalcon), flights with the short-winged Goshawk (autour) and Sparrow-hawk (épervier) coming under the expressive and very convenient term 'autourserie'" (Harting). The work partly contains original illustrations, including many photographs of falconers in action, but also copies after Schlegel and others.

Belvallette is best known for his earlier work "Traité d'autourserie" (1887); the present work includes this topic as well, but is not included in Bibl. accipitraria or Schwerdt.

With only a couple of spots, otherwise in very good condition.


Thiebaud 66. Cf. Harting 219; Schwerdt I, 59. WorldCat (9 copies).

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