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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
(For Notes to these Plates see end of Volume.)
1. Sir Ralph Sadler, Grand Falconer to Queen Elizabeth
2. Robert Cheseman, Falconer to Henry VIII.
3. Elizabethan Falconer's Bag
4. James I. as a Youth, with a Sparrow-hawk
5. James I. after his Accession to the Throne of England; from a Portrait
by Vandyck .
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6. The Hon. Lewis Latham, Falconer to Charles I.
7. English Falconers of the Seventeenth Century, by Francis Barlow, etched by Hollar.
8. Colonel Thornton, of Thornville Royal, Yorkshire
9. Silver-gilt Urn presented to Col. Thornton by Members of the
Falconers' Club, 1781
10. Edward Clough Newcome, of Hockwold, Norfolk
11. Fleming of Barochan, with his Falconers, John Anderson and George
12. Peter Ballantine, the Last of the Old Scotch Falconers
13. A Dutch Falconer, by Franz de Vriendt, commonly called Franz
14. Prince William V. of Holland, Heron-hawking at the Loo in 1767
15. A German Falconer of the Sixteenth Century.
16. A French Falconer, Time of Louis XV..
17. Lorenzo de' Medici, surnamed the Magnificent, Author of La Caccia
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25. A Japanese Falconer
26. A Trained Falcon
18. Italian Falconers of the Seventeenth Century, by Tempesta
19. Italian Miniatures of the Thirteenth Century, from a MS. of the Emperor Frederick the Second's Treatise, De Arte Venandi cum Avibus
20. Other Miniatures from the Same Source
21. A Falconer of Cyprus, by Titian
22. Falconers of Eastern Turkestan, with the Berkut, or Trained Eagle
23. Indian Falconers with Sakers and Peregrine
24. Arab Falconers with Lanners
"Subseciva quædam tempora incurrunt quæ ego perire non patior.”—Cicero.
FALCONRY, like other field sports, has its literature. It would be strange if it were not so; for on turning over the pages of the world's history, it is apparent that for centuries it has played a conspicuous part amongst the diversions of people of all nations.
But the literature of the subject has been much neglected. The older treatises in all languages have become scarce and costly, and of the rest the booksellers are unable to supply, or even to name, a tithe of them. This, perhaps, is partly due to the circumstance that no Bibliography of Falconry, having any claim to completeness, exists. It cannot be said that no such work has been attempted; for in 1853 the late Professor Schlegel, of Leyden, appended to his splendid Traité de Fauconnerie a Catalogue Raisonné of such books on the subject as were known to him; while since that date has appeared the Bibliographie de la Chasse of M. Souhart, in which Falconry, although by no means adequately treated, has received some share of attention.
Long prior to the publication of these two works the Catalogues of Kreysig (1750), Lallémant Frères (1763), and Lastri (1787) included the titles of books on Hawking, as well as of those relating to other branches of the Chase; while since their appearance, lists, varying in length and importance, have been printed by Baudrillart, Hammer-Purgstall, Riesenthal, and Señores Uhagon and Leguina. Of these the most
comprehensive is certainly that of Schlegel; but although extensive as compared with other lists of the kind, it is conspicuously deficient in regard to the titles of English, French, and German works on Falconry; not because many of these were printed after Schlegel's Traité had appeared (which would have furnished a sufficient reason for their omission), but because they were evidently unknown to him.
In the present Bibliotheca Accipitraria, profiting by the labours of my predecessors, and having made researches in all directions, I have been able to set down 378 titles in nineteen languages. These have been transcribed verbatim et literatim, and the various editions and translations indicated. In the course of twenty years' collecting, the majority of the books have been either procured, or seen, and carefully examined; and it is believed that no printed work of any importance has escaped notice. Incidentally a great number of MSS. have been referred to, and the libraries in which they are preserved indicated; but they have not been catalogued for two reasons. In the first place, I have already given an account of the English MSS. relating to Falconry in my Introduction to an Elizabethan treatise on the Sparrow-hawk and Goshawk (No. 81 of the present Bibliotheca); and, in the next place, no proper catalogue of existing MSS. on the subject in other languages could be prepared without making a tour of the principal Continental libraries, and devoting a considerable time to an examination of the originals. It has been thought desirable, however, to state where MSS. of importance are deposited, so that those who have the leisure and inclination to examine them may be guided in their research. This information will be found in the critical notes which follow the titles, where also the reader will often discover some account of the authors of important works, with hints as to the sources of their inspiration.
In a few cases the extreme rarity of a treatise, or the trouble which would be entailed upon those who would attempt the perusal of the original, has suggested a translation of so much as was deemed necessary to convey an accurate notion of the contents. For example, a précis is given (pp. 67-71) of the rare Livre du Faulcon (c. 1486)-of which no English translation exists-with quotations which sufficiently