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D'Arcussia's Falconry

Author: John Loft as translator

Year of Publication: 2003

Publisher: John Loft

Place of Publication: Briar Cottage Julian Bower Louth Lincolnshire LN11 9QN

Pages: 471 p.

Language: English

ISBN: 0 9535 8811 4

Charles d'Arcussia, a Provencial nobleman, was descended from Neapoliutan ancestors, two of whom had supplied hawks to the Holy Roman Emperors and had left a note-book on falconry matters which was still in the family four hundred years later. Charles had been brought up in the court of le Compte de Tende, Governor of Provence, who kept a hawking establishment it is not suprising that falconry was his ruling passion, but he had the educated and orderly mind that allowed him to create this masterly treatise on falconry that was a best-0seller in his day, running to eleven editions within forty-five years, and still valued by 19th Century English falconers.

In the table of contents the first two parts are given only. John Loft has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this book.

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The Verse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxiv Translator's Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxv Notes on Translation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxvii List of the Plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxxi Charles D'Arcussia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxxii THE FIRST PART Chapter I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 How the Birds of Falconry excel all other Birds Chapter II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 How it is necessary to recognize hawks in order to understand their natures Chapter III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 On the di/erences I have noted in our hawks, as to their plumage, their size, and their country of origin Chapter IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Of the species called the Falcon, the foremost of our hawks Chapter V . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 A statement of the names for the Falcon, which di/er according to the time and the season in which she is taken Chapter VI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 About the Eyas Falcon and how you should take it from the eyrie and rear it Chapter VII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Another way of rearing Eyas Falcons Chapter VIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 How to train Eyas Falcons Chapter IX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 How you should choose an Eyas Falcon Chapter X . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 How you should set about giving castings to the Eyas and what they should be Chapter XI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 For a Falcon that naturally makes her circles in style above you Chapter XII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 How you should show partridges to a waiting-on Falcon on her first flight Chapter XIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 For a heavy Falcon Chapter XIV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 How an Eyas Falcon should be managed to bring it into good flying condition Chapter XV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 How to inspect passage-hawks brought to you by trappers or cadgers Chapter XVI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 How to train a passager Chapter XVII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 About the di/erences between Eyas, Gentle, and Pilgrim Falcons Chapter XVIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 About the Falcon Gentle Chapter XIX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 About the Pilgrim Falcon Chapter XX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 About the Falcon Antenere Chapter XXI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 About the Falcon Mué or Madré, wrongly called Agar by the ancients Chapter XXII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 About the Eyas Lanner Chapter XXIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 About the passage Lanner Chapter XXIV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 About the Lanner called Alphanet Chapter XXV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 About the Saker Chapter XXVI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 About the Gerfalcon Chapter XXVII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 About Alethes, the newly discovered hawks Chapter XXVIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 About the Merlin Notes to the First Part . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 THE SECOND PART Chapter I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 About the illnesses of our hawks in general Chapter II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 About the Rheum, which is the chief illness of hawks, and about its cure Chapter III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 About the Falling Sickness Chapter IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 A remedy for specks or spots in the eye Chapter V . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 A remedy for the ailment known as Claw in the Eye Chapter VI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Remedies for trouble with the ears Chapter VII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 A remedy for the ill that a/ects the palate Chapter VIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 A remedy for a growth that develops in a hawk's beak Chapter IX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 A remedy for nostrils blocked by rheum Chapter X . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Remedies for barbles, or papillae Chapter XI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 About the Pip, or Roup, and its remedies Chapter XII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 About an ailment called the Ant, which a/ects the hawk's beak, with a remedy Chapter XIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 About Gapes in hawks Chapter XIV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 About the rheum which sinks to the shoulders and between the wings Chapter XV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 About the second main illness of hawks, which is foot-trouble, and the other a>ictions that stem from it Chapter XVI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 The squeezing, stopping, and cutting of veins to preserve the feet of our hawks Chapter XVII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 About Gout, and the remedies for it Chapter XVIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 About Scab, and the remedies for it Chapter XIX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 About the third main illness of hawks: Phthisis, and the other a>ictions that stem from it Chapter XX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Asthma, which causes panting from the stomach Chapter XXI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Nostrils blocked by Asthma Chapter XXII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 About the fourth and last main illness of our hawks, the Cray or Gravel, and the other illnesses that stem from it Chapter XXIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 About Threadworms Chapter XXIV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Crop-bound hawks which struggle to cast but cannot Chapter XXV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 For the hawk which through being chilled cannot move her wings Chapter XXVI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 About a hawk which has lost her appetite Chapter XXVII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 About a hawk which has leeches Chapter XXVIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 About a lost hawk which has been maltreated by those who found her Chapter XXIX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 About the hawk with an injury to the eye Chapter XXX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 About swellings and injuries on the hawk's feet made by the jesses or bewits Chapter XXXI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 A hawk with a broken wing Chapter XXXII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 About the breakage of the thigh, leg, or toes of a hawk Chapter XXXIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 About the cuts and wounds of hawks, and the remedies Chapter XXXIV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 About a sore-hawk's feathers and about the moult Chapter XXXV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Three ways of restoring feathers that are not completely broken Chapter XXXVI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 For imping feathers that are quite broken Chapter XXXVII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Another way of imping Chapter XXXVIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 How to put a Lanner's tail on a Falcon or any other hawk Chapter XXXIX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 What must be considered before purging hawks Chapter XL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Of the strength and nature of di/erent hawks and their varying resistance to purges Chapter XLI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 For making a hawk cast her gorge when she has eaten something against your will Chapter XLII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 The pills of Hiera Chapter XLIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Common Pills Chapter XLIV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Pills of Musk Chapter XLVI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 About Mummy Chapter XLVII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 To make a hawk cast up her stomach-lining Chapter XLVIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 White pills and sweet pills which are suitable for robust hawks Chapter XLIX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Country pills, which are for passage Sakers and Lanners only Chapter L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Blood-letting through the palate, the beak, and the talons Notes to the Second Part . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101