12mo, pp. xii, 132; minimal spots to first and final leaves, otherwise a very good copy; late nineteenth-century red hard-grained morocco with gilt corner-pieces, spine tooled and lettered directly in gilt, board-edges and turn-ins roll-tooled in gilt, edges gilt, sewn on 3 sunken cords, in a later quarter morocco slipcase with red buckram sides, spine lettered directly between raised bands, lined in marbled paper, with corduroy-lined red buckram inner chemise; spine slightly sunned, a little rubbed at extremities, a few faint marks to upper board; armorial bookplate of George Gordon Massey to front free endpaper, and of Henry Ralph Lambton to upper pastedown.
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The Horseman’s Manual, being a Treatise on Soundness, the Law of Warranty, and generally on the Laws relating to Horses.
First edition of Surtees’s first work, the only publication to bear his name, from the family of the dedicatee. Though best known for his sporting articles and novels, Robert Smith Surtees (1805–1864) was, alongside his landed interests, a respected jurist in County Durham, serving as justice of the peace and deputy lieutenant for the county from 1842 and in 1856 as High Sheriff. Surtees’s only legal treatise, the Horseman’s Manual was written while living at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, in the period between his admission to chancery in 1828 and his return to Durham in the early 1830s.
The present copy, handsomely bound, bears the bookplate of Henry Ralph Lambton, nephew of the dedicatee of the Manual, Ralph John Lambton (c. 1767–1844), a keen sportsman and the third consecutive Lambton member of parliament for the City of Durham.
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