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The Anatomy of An Horse

Containing an Exact Description of the Frame, situation and connexion of all his parts (with their actions and uses)

By Andrew Snape Jun. Farrier to His Majesty

1683 - London - M Flesher for the Author and are to be sold by T Flesher 

14.5" by 9" ; 237pp, [1], 45pp, [5]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

DETAILS

The first edition of this important equine text.

The Anatomy of An Horse was the first book in English on equine anatomy. It boasts many descriptive illustrations and a great deal of information on horses, from their muscles, to brains, bones and reproductive systems.

Collated, this particular copy has a facsimile frontispiece and is lacking the first plate. In place of the first plate is plate number XXXIV, of which this copy has two. One copy of plate XXIV, as mentioned, is at the start of the text, the other is at its correct location. Therefore, this work has 48 of the original 49 plates but a facsimile frontispiece and 49 plates in total. 

Andrew Snape was the serjeant farrier to Charles II. The preface of this work has a dedication to the King and royal family. His son, also Andrew Snape, was an English cleric, academic and headmaster. He was also the provost of King's College Cambridge. 

 To this work is also attached an Appendix containing two discourses, one on the Generation of Animals and the other on the Motion of the Cyle and the Circulation of the Bloud. Much of this appendix derives from the work of William Harvey.

An important and scarce work with extremely clear illustrations copied from the woodcuts of Carlo Ruini. Ruini was one of the most noted anatomists of the horse in the 16th century and many of these plates were first published in his Anatomia of 1598. 

   With an interesting watermark to the final leaf of the dedication of a crest with a crown, at the top and a cross that slightly resembles the military cross of the twentieth century  to the bottom. Below this is 'I Conrad' or 'Conrad'. 

A fascinating work, with bright pages and plates.

CONDITION

In a full calf binding. Rebound with the majority of original boards preserved. Externally, generally smart with heavy rubbing to the original boards. Facsimile frontispiece has been pasted over original endpaper, with some repair to the binding at the gutter. Prior owner's inscription to the tail of front endpaper.  Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright with the occasional spots. Very small tidemarks to the margins of pages 84-85 not affecting any text. Small slit to the margin of pages 137/8. Overall: VERY GOOD.


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