The Farrier’s and Horseman’s complete Dictionary, containing the Art of Farriery in all its Branches, with whatever relates to the Manage and to the Knowledge, Breeding, Feeding, and Dieting of Horses, as delivered by the best Writers upon these Subjects.

London, W. Owen and E. Baker, 1759.

8vo, pp. [2 (blank)], vi, [330], [2 (blank)]; an excellent copy in contemporary English speckled calf, spine gilt-ruled in compartments with a gilt red morocco lettering-piece in one, board-edges roll-tooled in blind, edges speckled red; very lightly rubbed at extremities with a small scuff to lower board, short split to upper joint; eighteenth-century ink shelfmarks to upper pastedown.

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First edition of Wallis’s scarce dictionary of farriery, with lengthy entries describing ailments and detailing their cures, alongside notes on breaking, training, feeding, surgery, equipment, and riding. The preface contains an important comment on the incipient formalisation of farriery into veterinary medicine, with Wallis writing that Gibson, Bracken, Bartlet, and La Fosse ‘are indeed the only authors who have treated the diseases of horses with propriety, judgment, and method: for Blunderville, Markham, Burdon, De Grey, Solleysell, Guiriniere, Soniere, &c. were neither surgeons nor physicians’ (p. iv).

ESTC T106324; Dingley 650; not in Mellon.

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