5 December 2008
NUÑEZ DE AVENDAÑO, Pedro. Aviso de Caçadores y de La Caça. Alcala de Henares: Joan de Brocar, 18 December 1543.
8o (204 x 138 mm). Woodcut historiated initials, woodcut device on title and license. 19th-century blue morocco, edges gilt, by Duru, and date-stamped "1854" on front free endpaper (lower front corner bumped). Provenance: Baron Pichon (note laid in mentioning Heber's copy); unidentified ink stamp on title verso.
FIRST EDITION OF THIS EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE WORK ON THE CHASE. Nunez de Avendano's treatise on the laws of hawking and hunting is extremely rare: according to American Book Prices Current, only the Marcel Jeanson copy has sold at auction in the past 30 years (1 March 1987, bound by Marius Michel). This "was the first Castilian printed book on hunting and the first to deal with its legal and moral aspects. The book was first published in 1543. Avendano wrote the Aviso to show the Castilian aristocracy its responsibilities regarding hunting. He argued that hunting was made legal by natural law and ius gentium and could be controlled by the monarch only when hunting threatened the public interest" (John Marshall Carter, "Medieval Sport," in Journal of Sport History, vol. 9, no. 1, Spring 1982, p.71). Harting 235; Palau 197084; Schwerdt II, p.46; Souhart 354; Uhagon et Leguina 296.
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