Emperor Fredrick II of Hohenstaufen. 1238. DE ARTE VENANDI CUM AVIBUS ("The Art of Falconry.") Translated and edited by C.A. Wood and F.M. Fyfe in 1943, reprinted in 1955 and reissued in 196l, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA. 637pp.
(Written more than 750 years ago, it was the first major work published on falconry. It addresses the training and hunting of birds of prey, and contains a wealth of information on the ecology and behavior of upland game birds and waterfowl. It is considered the number one classic book on falconry.)
Bent, A.C. 1937-1938. Life Histories of North American Birds of Prey (Vol. I & II), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 409pp & 482 pp.
(These two volumes represent one of the most comprehensive looks into the lives of raptors.)
Redig, P.T. 1993. Medical Management of Captive Birds of Prey.
(2nd edition). The Raptor Center, St. Paul, MN. 184pp.
(The essential medical manual for beginners, with a special chapter on the care and maintenance of falconry hawks.) Out of print. Check a library for a copy.
Oswald, A. 1982. The History and Practices of Falconry.
Spearman, Jersy. 120pp.
(Covers the history of falconry from the early beginnings to modern day.)
Beebe, F.L. and Webster, H.M. 1994. North American Falconry and Hunting Hawks (7th edition). Privately printed, Denver, CO. 540pp.
(A comprehensive book on falconry that covers the depth and breath of falconry in North America.)