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Latham, Simon
LATHAM'S FALCONRY, OR THE FAULCONS LURE, AND CURE, IN TWO BOOKS. LONDON: THOMAS HARPER FOR JOHN HARISON, 1633
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Latham, Simon
LATHAM'S FALCONRY, OR THE FAULCONS LURE, AND CURE, IN TWO BOOKS. LONDON: THOMAS HARPER FOR JOHN HARISON, 1633
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Latham, Simon
LATHAM'S FALCONRY, OR THE FAULCONS LURE, AND CURE, IN TWO BOOKS. LONDON: THOMAS HARPER FOR JOHN HARISON, 1633
4to (178 x 130mm.), woodcut title vignette on first title and printer's vignette on second title, several small woodcut text illustrations in second part, decorative woodcut initials, contemporary blindstamped and panelled calf, gilt elephants on spine (see provenance), title laid down and restored, a few leaves slightly trimmed, binding repaired at head of spine
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來源

Andrew Fountaine at Narford Hall, Norfolk

出版

Schwerdt I, p. 302; ESTC S123200 & S123201

相關資料

First collected edition, "among the principal books on hawking in the English language" (Schwerdt).

Nothing is known of Latham's life (d. 1649?) but he may have been the nephew of, and was probably connected with, Lewis Latham of Elveston, Bedfordshire, a professional falconer who rose through the ranks to become serjeant of his majesty's hawks in 1627. He dedicated his treatise on falconry to Sir Thomas Monson, master of the king's hawks, but there is no evidence in the state records to support suggestions that he was employed as a royal falconer. Latham acknowledged that he was introduced to falconry by Henry Sadleir of Eversley, the third son of Sir Ralph Sadleir of Standon, master of the hawks, and that he wrote about falconry in response to the suggestion of a friend.

His book is an original contribution of practical and lasting value. The first part is a highly specialized study of how to train the haggard peregrine, that is, a falcon which has been trapped as an adult as distinct from one taken from the nest before it can fly. This was followed by a more conventional review of methods to prevent and treat disease in hawks and the discussion was extended to include goshawks, sparrowhawks, and lanner falcons.

The first volume was first published in 1615, and the second volume in 1618. The present edition is the first collected edition, using the same woodblocks and according to Harting "quite as good as the first, of which it is a reprint without alteration".

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