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Sky Hunters

The Passion of Falconry

Hossein Amirsadeghi, Sir Mark Allen

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A lavishly illustrated history of a magnificent sport, which unpicks myth from reality and highlights it many colourful characters


Falconry has fascinated mankind for over four millennia. It is both an art and a science and has become a valuable tool in the restoration of endangered species.

Believed to have originated in the Near East and Central Asia falconry was an established form of hunting in the Middle East for many millennia. For 1,200 years it was known as the ‘sport of kings’, before its decline in the 18th century. Falconry is now experiencing a keen revival, with 100,000 falconers in 68 countries. Better organized, regulated and funded than it has ever been during the past century, falconry is here to stay.

Lavishly illustrated, this book brings to life the true spirit of falconry right up to the present. Sky Hunters is a treasury of information and a visual feast for falconers and those interested in nature, hunting, falcons, hawks and other birds of prey, art, photography, history, sociology, conservation and, last but not least, human drama.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 30.0 x 25.0 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Illustrations: 811

Publication date: 24 November 2008

ISBN: 9780500976876

About the Author

Hossein Amirsadeghi is a writer, publisher, editor and documentary film maker, and the driving force behind many books, including Sanctuary, Art Studio America, Nordic Contemporary and Contemporary Art Mexico.

List of Contributors

Hossein Amirsadeghi, Sir Mark Allen, Roger Upton, Patrick Morel, Sir Terence Clark, S. Kent Carnie, Robert Michael Palmer