SCHLEGEL, Hermann (1804-84)
[Pair of hand colored plates from Traité de Fauconnerie, depicting falconry accoutrements]
Leiden and Dusseldorf: Chez Arnz & Comp, 1844-1853. Hand colored lithographs after and by Portman and von Wouw. Sheet sizes: 24 x 18 inches.
From "the finest work on falconry which has ever been produced" (Harting).
Schlegel's beautifully illustrated work describes the terms used in falconry, the equipment used, the birds that were currently being flown, and those that were not used. The text continues with recommended methods of catching or taking a suitable bird, how this bird should be treated and how it should be trained, and then how it should be flown. This is followed by a lengthy historical survey of falconry in Europe, Africa, Russia, Asia and the Americas. The plates, including 12 images of falcons after Wolf, are desirable images of the genre. These two plates depict hoods, pouches, tethers and other instruments.
Cottrell 24; Fine Bird Books (1990) p. 138; Harting 194; Christine Jackson Dictionary of Bird Artists of the World;, p.496; Landwehr 174; Nissen IVB 832; Schwerdt II:150; Thiébaud 833; Zimmer 554.