The Horseman: A Work on Horsemanship, containing plain practical Rules for Riding, and Hints to the Reader on the Selection of Horses, to which is annexed a Sabre Exercise for mounted and dismounted Service … with Cuts, illustrating the various Kinds of Bits, Paces or Gaits of the Horse, and Practices for the accomplished Horseman.

New York, R. Craighead for Henry G. Langley, 1844.

8vo, pp. xi, [1 (blank)], 141, [3 (blank)]; with 30 full-page illustrations by Lossing, and further woodcuts in text; some light spotting; a very good copy in publisher’s brown pictorial cloth gilt; a little rubbed and very slightly bumped.

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The Horseman: A Work on Horsemanship, containing plain practical Rules for Riding, and Hints to the Reader on the Selection of Horses, to which is annexed a Sabre Exercise for mounted and dismounted Service … with Cuts, illustrating the various Kinds of Bits, Paces or Gaits of the Horse, and Practices for the accomplished Horseman.

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First edition of a rare military manual on horsemanship, with instructions on riding and illustrated cavalry exercises. An instructor at the United States Military Academy, Hershberger ‘endeavored to convey practical information on all equestrian exercises by an easy and progressive method’.

Copac records two copies only in the UK (BL and V&A); OCLC finds but four further copies worldwide, all in the US (National Sporting Library, New York Historical Society, New York University, and Indiana).

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