Every Man his own Farrier, or the whole Art of Farriery laid open, containing Cures for every Disorder that useful Animal, a Horse, is incident to … to which is added an Appendix, including several excellent Recipes, and the Preparation of many valuable Medicines.

Newark, J. Tomlinson for the Author, 1783.

8vo, pp. xii, 176; occasional spots, some thumbing; a good copy in contemporary calf-backed boards with marbled sides and vellum tips, spine gilt-ruled in compartments, sewn on sunken cords; rubbed with losses at board-edges, marks to spine and lower board; near-contemporary manuscript recipes for ‘sharpe water for greasy heels’ and ‘tar water … a safe and effectual remedy against maggots’ to endpapers and half-title verso.

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Rare first edition of one of the most successful manuals on farriery.Every Man his own Farrier in 1783 and followed its success with Every Man his own Cattle Doctor in 1810, by which year his Farrier had reached its twenty-first edition. Though one of the later books of the age before the foundation of the Royal Veterinary College (1791) and formalised veterinary science, Clater’s manual was well respected, remaining in print until 1850.

‘The popularity of these books was probably due to their simplicity of style and good advertising, for there was nothing original about their contents; even the title, Every Man his Own Farrier, had been used at least twice before Clater adopted it’ (ODNB). Though boasting of having learnt ‘all the secrets of his profession’ (p. vi) from his uncle William Frost, aged only twenty-six Clater likely had little experience of his own and refers to William Gibson, with some phrases drawn almost exactly from the New Treatise on the Diseases of Horses.

No copies outside the UK listed in ESTC.

ESTC T66108; Dingley 163; not in Mellon.

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