Proverbs English, French, Dutch, Italian and Spanish. All Englished and alphabetically digested …
London, Printed for Simon Miller … 1659.
First and only edition of a scarce collection of idiomatic phrases and proverbs, many translated from other languages, with a selection of 114 ‘Golden sentences’ at the end.
Seventeen pamphlets relating mostly to legal cases in Scotland.
Aberdeen and Edinburgh, 1772-1788.
An interesting sammelband relating largely to Scottish legal cases, containing 12 items unrecorded on ESTC, COPAC and OCLC. The cases include those of a Kilbagie distiller convicted of bribery; of Sir William Erskine of Torrie against a London banking house; of a St Andrews minister convicted of perjury;...
SOLLEYSEL, Jacques de, and William HOPE (translator).
The compleat Horseman, discovering the surest Marks of the...
London, M. Gillyflower, R. Bentley, H. Bonwick, J. Tonson, W. Freeman, T. Goodwin, M. Wotton, J. Walthoe, S. Manship, and R. Parker, 1696.
First English edition, second issue, of one of the most influential works on horsemanship.
XENOPHON, and Sebastian CASTELLIO (editor).
Opera, quae quidem Gręcè extant, omnia, partim iam olim, partim nūc...
Basel, Michael Isengrin, 1553.
Annotated first Castellio edition of Xenophon’s works, with Hipparchicus and De equis alendis. The great surviving works of classical horsemanship, Xenophon’s two treatises proved enormously influential, their principles uncontested until the publication of Grisone’s Ordini...
THIERS, Adolphe (1797-1877), French politician and historian.
Three autograph letters signed (‘A Thiers’) to Nassau Senior.
Paris, 22 December 1852, 11 July 1854, 18 June 1855.
A set of interesting letters from Thiers to the English economist Nassau Senior. Thiers was a French politician and historian who served as prime minister under Louis Phillipe. Following the overthrow of the Second Empire he again came to prominence as the French leader who suppressed the revolutionary...
Infermità del cavallo, et suoi rimedii: Opera nuova, degna di qualsivoglia prencipe & cavaliere, & molto necessaria...
Venice, Gasparo Bindoni the younger, 1599.
Second volume of the first edition, second issue with cancel title, of the first work on equine veterinary science. ‘The founder of veterinary science as apart from veterinary art’ (Smith, p. 210), Carlo Ruini (1530 – 1598) was influenced by recent publications on human anatomy, most notably...
Ordini di cavalcare, et modi di conoscere le nature de’ cavalli, di emendare i lor vitii, & d’ammaestrargli...
Venice, Andrea Muschio, 1590.
Later edition of Grisone’s Ordini, with the third edition of his text on veterinary medicine and the famous image of a horse and its diseases. Though a riding master and horse-trainer, Grisone’s treatise on equitation was augmented from 1571 by a veterinary text, discussing diseases...
A History of British Fishes … illustrated by nearly 400 Woodcuts.
London, Samuel Bentley for John van Voorst, 1836.
First collected editions, with an autograph letter on the Hebridal smelt from the species’ discoverer. Published serially from 1835 to 1836, Yarrell’s History of British Fishes was reprinted within a year, and followed soon after by Thomas Bell’s British Reptiles in 1839 and his own British Birds...
Farriery improv’d, or a compleat Treatise upon the Art of Farriery, wherein is fully explain’d the Nature,...
London, J. Clarke and J. Shuckburgh, 1745.
Fifth edition of Bracken’s ‘most famous and best-selling work’ (ODNB). First published in 1737 and eventually running to twelve editions, ‘its popularity sprang from Bracken’s robust language and common-sense solutions, which were grounded as much in his firsthand knowledge of the general...
Gli ordini di cavalcare.
Naples, Giovan Paulo Suganappo, 1550.
First edition of the first modern treatise on equitation, with contemporary Italian manuscript remedies for horses. The first author to write on horsemanship since Xenophon some two millennia earlier, Federico Grisone (d. c. 1570) ‘was a Neapolitan nobleman who, already during his lifetime,...
The true Method of Dieting Horses, containing many curious and useful Observations concerning their Marks, Colour...
London, John Osborn and Thomas Longman, 1726.
Second edition of a text devoted solely to the diet of horses, dedicated to Colonel Charles Churchill, under whom Gibson had served until 1720. The text is prefaced by a letter to the author from William Hope, translator of de Solleysel, complimenting the author in the highest of terms: ‘If...
SAUNIER, Jean de, and Gaspard de SAUNIER.
La parfaite connoissance des chevaux, leur anatomie, leurs bonnes & mauvaises...
The Hague, for the Author and sold by Adrien Moetjens, 1734.
First edition of Gaspard de Saunier’s most important work, the only one published during his lifetime. Gaspard de Saunier (1663 - 1748) established his reputation with the foundation of his equestrian academy at Leiden in 1707 and as riding master to the university there, having previously served...
Anatomia del cavallo, infermità, et suoi rimedii: opera nuova, degna di qualsivoglia prencipe, & cavaliere, & molto...
Venice, Fioravante Prati, 1618.
Fourth edition of the first detailed study in veterinary anatomy and an extremely important work in the history of anatomy as a discipline. Influenced by Andreas Vesalius’s De fabrica corporis humani (Basel, 1543), the Anatomia del cavallo is copiously illustrated with large woodcuts,...
The Gentleman’s compleat Jockey, with the perfect Horse-Man and experienc’d Farrier, containing: I. the Nature of Horses,...
London, Peter Parker, 1711.
Fifth edition, very scarce, of an anonymous early farriery manual. Among the first popular guides to farriery, a form which would be much copied throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Gentleman’s compleat Jockey (formerly attributed to Adolphus Speed) was first published...
SOLLEYSEL, Jacques de.
Le parfait mareschal, qui enseigne a connoistre la beauté, la bonté et les défauts des chevaux, les signes...
Paris, Gabriel Martin, Jean-Baptiste Coignard, Pierre-Jean Mariette, Hyppolite-Louis Guerin, 1744.
Later edition in the original French of ‘this classic in the field of horse medicine’ (Dejager). OCLC records only two copies (Sainte-Genevieve and École nationale vétérinaire de Toulouse).
SOLLEYSEL, Jacques de, and William HOPE (translator).
The compleat Horseman, or perfect Farrier, in two Parts: Part...
London, Reb. Bonwicke, T. Goodwin, M. Wotton, B. Tooke, and S. Manship, 1706.
Second abridged edition of The compleat Horseman, as translated and augmented by Hope. Though published in smaller format as a popularly affordable edition of Solleysel’s work, the octavo retains the large folding illustrations, reengraved.
GIBSON, William, and William GIBSON (editor).
Mr. Gibson’s short practical Method of Cure for Horses, extracted...
London, A. Millar, 1755.
First abridged edition of Gibson’s New Treatise, published by his son and assistant of the same name, who had taken over the father’s practice upon his death in 1750. Concluding the preface to his New Treatise, written some four days before his death, William Gibson the elder...
A new compendious Treatise of Farriery, wherein are set forth in a plain, familiar, and natural Manner the Disorders...
London, Hewett for the author, and sold by J. Brindley, T. Payne, and R. Withy & J. Ryall, 1757.
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...
The modern System of Farriery, showing the most approved Methods of Breeding, Rearing, and Fitting for Use all Kinds...
Boston (MA), William Spotswood, 1796.
First and only separate edition of Mills’s treatise on farriery, pirated in America. Though presented in the prefatory Advertisement as a distinct work, the text is extracted from Mills’s Treatise on Cattle (reprinted by Spotswood in 1795), the first section of which deals with...
[BRACKEN, Henry (attributed).]
Ten Minutes Advice to every Gentleman going to purchase a Horse out of a Dealer, Jockey,...
London, for the author and sold by John Bell, and York, C. Etherington, [c. 1775].
Very rare second edition of advice on the purchase of horses, with the tricks used by dealers to deceive buyers. Though the text is commonly attributed to Bracken, he is unlikely to have published anything a decade after his death; the author’s preface, signed ‘S.’, may offer a more productive...