Les ruses innocentes dans lesquelles se voit comment on prend les Oyseaux passagers, & les non passagers [...]
In-4º, brown marbled calf, spine and corners rebound.
A very curious work by François Fortin, illustrated with 66 beautiful woodcut plates showing the different methods of catching different forest animals.
The first part describes all kinds of nets to catch birds, beasts and fish. The second and third parts study the different ways of catching passenger and nonpassenger birds, the last part is devoted to the capture of four-legged animals.
Provenance: copy from the collection of Richard Benyon de Beauvoir, Englefield House Bertes. Label on the back cover of the coat of arms with the motto Vincam vel Moriar (I shall overcome or die).
François Fortin (1592-1661) was a religious of the Grandmont order from Tours. Interested in country life, he studied the different techniques for hunting and fishing. The product of his studies became the content of his work Ruses innocentes dans lesquelles se voit comment on prendre les oiseaux [...] (1st ed., Paris, Charles de Sercy, 1688) in which he presents himself as "F. F. F. R. D. G. dit le Solitaire inventif."