DETAILED REFERENCE WORK ON HUNTING
La caccia di Giacomo di Foglioso scudiero e signore di esso luogo, paese di Gastina in Poitu. Con molte ricette, & rimedij per risanare i cani da diuerse malattie.
Milan, Appresso Antonio Comi, 1615.
FIRST EDITION thus. 8vo. pp. (viii), 338, (vi). Italic letter. Woodcut printer’s device on title incorporating the arms of the dedicatee, small floriated woodcut initials, typographical tailpieces and ornaments, forty charming page woodcuts in text repeated from nine blocks, paper flaw in F8, light browning in places (poor quality paper), occasional marginal spotting, light water-staining on a few leaves. A good copy in contemporary vellum over boards, red morocco label on spine, all edges blue.
Excellent, charmingly illustrated, first and only edition of Cesare Parona’s translation into Italian of Du Fouilloux’s famous and seminal text on hunting, and the first and only early edition in Italian, illustrated with forty charming and vigorously drawn woodcuts that often use blocks of black to great effect. The work is translated from the Paris edition of 1606 and is dedicated to Ercole Visconti. Du Fouilloux (1521-1580) was a very keen, knowledgeable and experienced hunter and his work created a considerable stir amongst the many enthusiastic hunters of the C16; it was the earliest scientific treatment of the subject in modern times and undoubtedly one of the best.
The work deals on hunting in general and particularly that of the deer, hare, wild boar and wolf. It also deals with the management of the hunt and hounds, hound welfare and ailments, training, breeding and types and the habits of all their various quarries. The last chapter deals specifically with the welfare of dogs and gives twenty seven ‘recipes’ for curing ailments ranging from rabies to snake bite. It swiftly became a standard work and editions in various languages were still being published into the mid 19th century.
BM STC It. C17 p. 312. Schwerdt I, p. 154 ‘The only Italian edition’. Souhart 158. Thiébaud 314. Jeanson 197.