8vo, pp. [2 (half-title)], [v]-xiv, -28, xcviii, 136, 6, 72; woodcut and typographic initials and ornaments; bound without title; paper flaws to G6 and d6, damp-stain to lower edge of later leaves; otherwise a very good copy in contemporary English speckled calf, borders double-filleted in git, spine gilt-ruled in compartments; a few scuffs and marks, corners a little bumped with minor loss to one; contemporary manuscript notes, mostly to endpapers (see below).
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A new compendious Treatise of Farriery, wherein are set forth in a plain, familiar, and natural Manner the Disorders incident to Horses, and their respective Cures, together with some interesting Observations on Bleeding, Purging, Exercise, &c.
First edition of a treatise on farriery by John Wood, formerly groom to the King of Sardinia. The contemporary manuscript notes appear in several hands belonging to members of the Green family of Uppington in Shropshire, though the majority match inscriptions by Barnard and Jane Green. Several record family events, including the births of Barnard (August 16th 1736) and Jane (June 24th 1755), and on the half-title verso are four untraced verses of God Save the King!. Of particular interest, however, are accounts for the payment of several named farriers, from ‘a drink for a cow’ by Mr Middleton for 1 s. 6 d. to 2 s. 6 d. to Mr Jonson ‘for drawing a calf’.
The list of subscribers offers an interesting insight to those occupied with farriery in the mid eighteenth century, from the upper ranks of the peerage to lowly farriers, with local parsons and squires and a variety of military and medicinal men.
ESTC T114731; Dingley 679; not in Mellon.
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