The Traveller’s Pocket-Farrier, or a Treatise upon the Distempers and common Incidents happening to Horses on a Journey, with Directions for the Choice of a good Road-Horse, being very useful for all Gentlemen and Tradesmen who are obliged to travel the Countries … the sixth Edition, with Additions and Improvements.

[S.l., s.n.,] 1751.

12mo in 6s, pp. vii, [1], 141, [7]; toned, damp-stain from top-edge; a good copy in contemporary English half calf with non-pareil marbled sides; worn, rebacked in cloth, front endpapers replaced.

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Sixth edition of Bracken’s pocket-manual for farriery, with advice on the care and selection of horses. ‘It was once my design never more to have appeared in print with respect to treating upon distempers incident to horses; but the multiplicity of small books lately published upon the subject, and designed, as it were, for the pocket, all which contain such out-of-the-way reason, that no man of sense (in our way) can read any of them, without being surprised that such nonsense should be vendible; I say, this consideration, together with strong solicitations from several gentlemen, has obliged me to set my hand to the present undertaking’. Bracken complains of the overuse of complex medicines among farriers, writing that ‘there is no greater sign of a physician’s being either a fool or a knave, than his making an apothecary’s shop of his patient’s belly’.

ESTC N34457; not in Dingley (cf. 99-101 for other editions); not in Mellon.

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