"Many historical comments not to be found in other works"

Mellor, James Eric Moulsdale. Notes on Falconry [...].

(Cambridge, University Press), 1949.

8vo. XII, 83 pp., final blank page. With one photographic plate and 6 numbered illustrations in the text. Contemporary full cloth.


The first and only edition of this "extremely interesting little book" (Jameson) on falconry by the British entomologist and member of the British Falconer's Club, J. E. M. Mellor (1890-1984). Enriched "with many historical comments not to be found in other works" (Jameson), it includes information on all relevant aspects of falconry, such as training, feeding, ailments, and parasites, as well as a glossary of falconry terms. The plate shows a neo-Hittite bas-relief in the Louvre displaying a child standing on his mothers knees holding the leash of a falcon. The text illustrations exhibit a falcon block, hoods, bells, jesses and swivels, how to prepare a dead bird to be fed to hawks, a bow-perch for a goshawk, and instructions for fixing damaged feathers.

Occasional light foxing. A very good copy of this rare work never seen at auction.


Jameson, American Hawking 138. Chamerlat, La fauconnerie et l'art 251. OCLC 12438224. Not in Harting.

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