Falconry (The Sportsman's Library, volume XV).
8vo. VIII, 9-253, (1) pp., final blank. With 8 photographic plates and several illustrations in the text. Contemporary full blindstamped cloth with silver-stamped title to cover and spine.
First edition, rare. A classic of falconry describing the training and care of hawks, by the renowned falconer Blaine, drawing on more than 40 years of experience in the field. When the book was reprinted in 1970, the publisher's blurb noted that the book was "extremely scarce and second-hand copies are making as much as eight guineas in the sales rooms".
Blaine, a longtime member of the Old Hawking Club, "was one of those legendary figures who seems to come along in falconry every so often, raising the standards of the sport as well as pushing the envelope of what can be accomplished" (Gallagher). His useful handbook provides an introduction to the sport, and includes a glossary of falconry terms as well as a short bibliography on the subject, mentioning an English edition of the famous Persian falconry treatise "Baz-Nama-Yi Nasiri".
The plates show a greenland falcon, a falcon eyass, a passage falcon, a falcon pluming a grouse, two eyass tiercels, a goshawk, and a team of passage hawks weathering. The smaller illustrations in the text display falconer's equipment, the beaks of falcons and hawks, and the technique of repairing damaged feathers.
Handwritten ownership of Charles Henry Stanley Garton (b. 1920), dated Kingswood 1946, to front pastedown. Two black and white photographic illustrations clipped from a magazine, showing tiercels, are loosely inserted.
Somewhat browned and brownstained throughout. A single copy in auction records.
Gallagher, Falcon Fever 177. U.S. Air Force Academy Library, Special Bibliography Series 3, 2. OCLC 603525547.