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The Compleat Horseman or Perfect Farrier

By Jacques de Solleysel; Sir William Hope

1702

H Bonwicke et al : London

7.5" by 5"

[16], 181, [5], 187-376, [16]pp

 

 

 

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A very scarce, English language edition of Jacques de Solleysel's famed equestrian work. This copy has been translated and abridged by William Hope and is a popular and useful handbook on managing horses.

First thus, the first English edition of this work published by H Bonwicke et al. Prior to this there was an English editorial by Hope published in 1696 by M Gillyflower and R Bentley. In the contemporary calf binding. ESTC reference number, T102426. Pages 225 onwards has a continuous pagination but is a different register. With a table of contents to the final eight pages. Illustrated, with a folding plate frontispiece, and one plate. This copy is lacking all folding plates, with evidence of them being removed at pages I, 138, 208, 225 and 241. This work comprises of two parts bound as one. It contains important information on breeding horses, farriery, feeding, the caring of teeth, diseases and much more. Jacques de Solleysel's first edition of this work was published in 1664. He wrote several important works on horses, as he was an expert in the field having taught at the Parisian Royal Academy of Riding. This work is regarded as a mainstay in the field of books on hippology. This translation, by William Hope, has some additions from Solleyesel's original work. As stated to the preface 'These two parts contain the substance of Mr Solleysel's Compleat Horseman to which we have added two supplements; one to the first part, being a treatise of the art of riding, of which Mr Solleysel has little or nothing: and another to the second containing an additional description of some diseases and the receipts of some noted medicines'. Hope used the eighth French edition of 1691 to form this work. A very scarce and interesting equestrian work.

CONDITION

In a full calf binding. Externally, generally smart. Rubbing to the joints and extremities. Small ring mark to the front board. Small crack to the spine. Crack to the front joint, with the front hinge is strained but firm. Bookseller's label to the front pastedown, Bickley Old Bookseller. Internally, firmly bound. Prior owner's notes to the rear hinge. Pages are very bright, with just the odd spots to pages.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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