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ARAB FALCONRY: HISTORY OF A WAY OF LIFE. By Roger Upton. First edition.

Upton (Roger).

ISBN 10: 0888394926 / ISBN 13: 9780888394927
Published by Hancock House Publishers. Blaine, WA., 2002
From Coch-y-Bonddu Books Ltd (MACHYNLLETH, United Kingdom)

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2001 1st trade edition. Large 4to (220 x 288mm). Pp223 + 1pp ads. Colour photographs and illustrations by Mark Upton, line illustrations Peter Upton, pictorial end-papers, bibliography. Pictorial laminated boards. Dust-wrapper slightly rippled otherwise a mint new and unread copy of the first edition. Roger Upton has decades of experience as a falconer, practising the sport at home and abroad in a number of countries. Upton's great passion, however, is the falconry of the Arabian Peninsula. In this book, Roger Upton has "attempted to organize my many notes, thoughts and comments on Arab hawking. From my untidy but detailed diaries, .old articles, past treatises and present-day experiences, I hope that I have put together a readable story from which interested readers might learn something new." Chapters include:- The Arab & falconry; Hawks; Trapping; Furniture; Training; Quarry; Hawking the houbara; Hawking other quarry; At hunting camp or home. . Seller Inventory # 30444

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Publisher: Hancock House Publishers. Blaine, WA.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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The traditions of Arab falconry are told with a Western voice as Roger Upton delves into the mystique of the tradition of falconry in the Middle East. Since pre-Islamic times, the Arab world has had a proud history of flying hawks, including sakers, lanners and peregrines. From Morocco to Pakistan, falconers, princes and sheikhs come together at hunting camps to share their experiences and techniques for trapping hawks and flying them at quarry. Whether the hawking party involves a handful or hundreds of men, they sit around the campfire to discuss their day, tell stories and prepare their hawks for the next day of hunting. Whether the prey is the houbara bustard, the stone curlew or the desert hare, Arab falconers train their prized falcons to be successful hunters of their chosen quarry. Using traditional techniques such as hooding to modern developments like telemetry, Arab falconers find success and satisfaction in the sport of falconry. "Arab Falconry" explores their stories.

With a personal account by author Roger Upton, including excerpts from his own diaries that follow his adventures on hawking trips over decades, this book provides a real glimpse into the world of Arab falconry, which is rarely documented in the West.

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