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Outstanding Books on Horses


 

Six extremely rare hand-coloured lithographs of mounted horses, with their riders in traditional costumes
1 Adam, Jean Victor Vincent. Le tournoi études de chevaux & de costumes [...]. Cahier [...]. Paris, Berlin, London & New York, Goupil & Co., [1852-1854]. 6 large beautifully hand-coloured lithographed plates on wove paper (48 x 62.5 cm) by J. B. Zwecker after drawings by Jean Victor Vincen Adam and printed by Lemercier, numbered 8, 9, 12, 14, 16 and 17. Stored loosely in original publisher's printed wrappers, with a lithographed illustration showing the start of a tournament.
  € 7,500
6 beautiful hand-coloured lithographed illustrations of mounted horses with their riders in traditional costumes, participating in tournaments in different settings. A separate instalment from an extremely rare print series by the French draughtsman Jean Victor Vincent Adam (1801-67), known for his illustration of horses. No other copies of other issues or of the entire series of 24 plates could be located; only a few mentions in literature. - With the embossed publisher's stamp on each of the plates, a tear in the margins of a single plate, and the wrappers showing tears in the fold. Otherwise in very good condition. (more)
  ¶ Adhémar, Inventaire du fonds français après 1800, vol. 1, p. 64 (installment of 6 irregular numbered plates). Mennessier de la Lance I, 6 (note, no amount of plates specified). Meyer, Allg. Künstler-Lexikon I, p. 75, no. 64 (whole suite of 24 plates). Not in Bridson & White; Colas; Hiler; De Jager (forthcoming); KVK/WorldCat; Nissen, ZBI; Podeschi.
 

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Horse Racing
2 Adam, V[ictor]. L'hippodrome au coin du feu. Paris, A. de Vresse, [c. 1840]. Landscape folio (30 x 42 cm). 16 hand-coloured lithographed plates, all with captions and decorative borders (lacks title-page).
  € 6,000
A fine example of Adam's expertise in lithography. The plates depict a variety of unusual equestrian racing scenes including female chariot racing and monkeys riding horseback. Victor Adam (1801-67) was originally employed as painter for the Museum at Versailles. However, in the 1840s he decided to concentrate on the art of lithography, and this scarce album is typical of his work. - 10 plates show some spotting, mainly marginal; one plate with tear in margin (c. 1 cm, not affecting the plate). Paper on front pastedown wrinkled, bookseller's label, bound in original blue gilt decorated cloth. Overall an attractive copy. (more)
  ¶ Not in Schwerdt, Lipperheide or Colas.
 

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Five metre engraving of a horse race, in original colour
3 [Alken, Henry]. Going to Epsom Races. London, S. and J. Fuller, [c. 1820]. Hand-coloured aquatint strip panorama, raised in egg-white, in nine sections (56 x 4638 mm overall). Original giltstamped and illustrated green cloth, in like narrow cloth case.
  € 9,500
A fine example of this remarkable frieze of riders and carriages on the road from London to Epsom Race Course, with the race in progress. More than four and a half metres in length. In excellent condition and appealingly presented in the original cloth case (other specimens have been known to have been mounted on wooden cylinders). (more)
  ¶ Cf. Abbey Life 472. Mellon/Snelgrove p. 23. Siltzer p. 58. Gee Sporting Panoramas 1. OCLC 82202922.
 

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4 Alken, Henry. Qualified Horses and Unqualified Riders, or the reverse of Sporting Phrases taken from the work entitled Indispensable Accomplishments. London, S. & J. Fuller, 1815[-1819]. Landscape folio (25 x 34.4 cm). Engr. title page, 7 hand-coloured engraved plates by Alken, plate 5 with J. Whatman 1819 mark. Later red hard-grained half morocco, spine and upper cover lettered in gilt, rebacked preserving spine.
  € 8,000
First edition, early issue. The first of Alken's works to have a title page, "lacking from a great many copies" (Dixon). Signed Ben Tally Ho, the title good-humouredly explains that the plates are a reply to Robert Frankland's "Indispensable Accomplishments", a set of six Leicestershire hunting prints published in June 1811. Where Frankland blames the horse for any failures, Alken aims to show how a perfectly good horse can be handicapped by an "unqualified" or untrained rider. - Light browning to sky areas and plate margins. Provenance: Alfred N. Beadleston (bookplate). (more)
  ¶ Dixon 4 (two plates watermarked 1819). Mellon/Snelgrove 3. Schwerdt I, 20 (1813 watermark). Siltzer 69 & 74. Tooley 44.
 

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5 Alken, Henry. [Steeplechase]. The First Steeple-Chase on Record (The Night Riders of Nacton). London, B. Brooks, 1839. 4 aquatints in contemp. hand colour, c. 265 x 270 mm each. Matted.
  € 3,500
Complete set of Alken's famous series, engraved by J. Harris. Scenes of a nocturnal steeplechase, supposedly performed in December 1803 by a group of young cavalry officers betting on their horses' merits: "Plate I. Ipswich, the Watering-Place behind the Barracks. Preparing to start"; "Plate II. The large field near Biles's Corner. Whoop! and away"; "Plate III. The last field near Nacton Heath. Accomplished Smashers"; "Plate IV. Nacton Church and Village. The finish - a good five still alive. Grand Chorus". - Slightly browned, but well preserved. "Splendid set" (Craven, Sporting Review, 1839, p. 312). (more)
  ¶ Siltzer 63.
 

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6 Alken, Henry. The beauties and defects in the figure of the horse. London, S. & J. Fuller, [1816]. 4to. Engraved title with circular vignette, 18 hand-coloured etched plates, uncut in original boards, worn at joints at extremities.
  € 3,500
First edition. - An uncut copy in original pictorial boards of the first book published under Alken's name. He mentions his "habit of riding young and violent horses with fox-hounds", and of having a mare which caused him "four or five falls a day upon an average, and all in consequence of her violent bucking leaps." Provenance: Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (bookplate). (more)
  ¶ Schwerdt I, 12. Mennessier de la Lance 14. Huth 85. Mellon/Snelgrove 73. Tooley 20.
 

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7 Alken, Henry. [The Seven Ages of the Horse]. London, S. & J. Fuller, 1825. Landscape 4to (28.4 x 38.2 cm). 7 hand-coloured etched plates. Red half morocco by Riviere, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.
  € 6,500
An important work showing the progression of a race horse through successive stages of life, at one point pampered and adored, at another rejected and scorned. - Expert repairs to plate corners, light marginal finger-soiling, occasional browning, plates 2 and 4 with very minor marginal tears with two very small repairs to versos. (more)
  ¶ Dixon 80. Mellon/Snelgrove 62. Tooley 48.
 

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8 Ammon, [August] W[ilhelm]. Barhut (Anesi-Hengst.) Geschenk des Vice-Königs von Aegypten an den General-Consul Herrn von Wagner. Jetzt im Besitz Sr. Maj. des Königs von Preussen Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Berlin, L. Zöllner / Gebr. Rocca, [c. 1846]. 640 x 490 mm. Toned lithograph (the stallion "Barhut" before a oriental caravan background), blindstamped by the publisher.
  € 1,800
Fine lithographed portrait of the Arabian stallion "Barhut", a gift by Muhammad Ali Pasha, Viceroy of Egypt, to the Prussian Consul General v. Wagner, who in turn presented the horse to his King, Fredrick William IV. The Thuringian artist Wilhelm Ammon (1812-95, of no relation to the famous like-named Bavarian Court Studmaster), trained at Berlin, Munich, and Paris, was particularly famous for his horse paintings, many of which were in the collections of the Altenstein castle and stud. (more)
  ¶ Cf. Thieme/B. I, 416.
 

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9 [Anatomy of the horse]. Explication des proportions géométrales du cheval vu dans ses principaux aspects suivant les principes établis dans les Ecoles Royales Vétérinaires. No place, [1769]. 480 x 680 mm.
  € 4,500
Fine handwritten, calligraphic description of a perfect horse's anatomy, explaining its ideal proportions. Located in the centre is a printed horse study taken from Bourgelat's "Treatise on the choice and care of horses they require" ("Traité du choix des chevaux et des soins qu'ils exigent", 1769). - The founder of veterinary colleges at Lyon in 1761, Claude Bourgelat, was as an oft-consulted authority on horse management. - Small defects to edges; some dust-staining on reverse. (more)
 

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The Arabian horses of the Honvéd army
10 [Arabian Horses at the Hungarian National Stud]. Collection of original vintage photographs. Bábolna, c. 1885. 11 vintage photo prints (ca. 9 x 12 mm, but one 10.5 x 17 cm) on backing cardboard (20 x 25 cm).
  € 9,500
Highly uncommon photographs of Arabian horses (all individually captioned) at the famous Bábolna stud in Hungary, the principal stud for producing the best horses for the Austro-Hungarian military in the 19th century. The "Bábolna Nemzeti Ménesbirtok" (Bábolna National Stud) was founded by Emperor Joseph II in 1789. In 1816 it was decreed that henceforth only Arabian stallions should be used for stud service - a policy that raised the quality of the Austrian cavalry's horses to a famous level and necessitated the frequent introduction of new pure-bred Arabian stallions from the Middle East. One of the greatest commanders and stud-masters of Bábolna, Mihály Fadlallah el Hedad, hailed from Syria. - The photos show portraits of the horses Sechun, Nadir, Tahita, Nasira, Celeby, Dzerid, El Hafi, El Denedzi, Hiläl, Riat, as well as a larger group portrait showing several of the horses with their Arabian and Austro-Hungarian trainers. Some slight staining to backboards, but altogether well-preserved. Extremely rare. (more)
 

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From the library of the Duke of Orleans
11 Aubry, Charles. Histoire Pittoresque de L'Equitation Ancienne et Moderne. Paris, Motte, 1833-1834. Folio (55 x 40 cm). Two parts in one volume. Engr. title printed in red and black, list of plates, 24 hand-coloured lithographs. Contemp. French red half roan by Meslant with his stamp at the spine foot, flat spine lettered and tooled in gilt, marbled boards and endpapers.
  € 18,000
First edition: the hand-coloured copy of the Duke of Orleans, in a signed binding by Meslant, celebrated court binder of the Empire period. The Duke is listed as co-publisher on the engraved title. - Some spotting to text leaves, one plate with old repair in the bottom margin, others repaired in the inside margin, some plates slightly and evenly yellowed. Extremities rubbed, corners scuffed with some surface loss. Provenance: Ferdinand Phillipe, Duke of Orleans (1810-1842; title-stamp of his military library). (more)
  ¶ Mennessier de la Lance I, 41. Huth 121.
 

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The first comprehensive English book about the care, breeding, and riding of horses
12 Blundeville, Thomas. The Foure Chiefest Offices Belonging to Horsemanship: That is to Say, the Office of the Breeder, of the Rider, of the Keeper, and of the Ferrer. London, Humfrey Lownes, 1609. 4to. 2 pts. in 1 volume. (232) pp., including two title pages with fine woodcut borders. With 50 nearly full-page woodcut illustrations in the text. Bound to style in modern blindstamped brown calf with giltstamped red spine label and sparsely gilt spine.
  € 8,500
Early edition of the first comprehensive book in the English language about the care, breeding, and riding of horses. The "Four Offices" are those of the breeder, rider, keeper, and ferrer: this volume contains the first two offices. Among the illustrations are 43 full-page examples of bits and bridles. Some 17th- or 18th-c. ink annotations. Blundevill(e) (1522-1606) was, according to the Arabian Jockey Club, "one of the founders of the thoroughbred industry." He originally translated Gisone's "Gli Ordini di Cavalcare" (1550) as "The Art of Rydynge" (1560), which was the first modern treatise on classical dressage and later incorporated as one of the chapters of this book. First published in 1565/66; all editions published prior to 1650 are considered uncommon. (more)
  ¶ DNB V, 271.
 

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Unique pattern book with 66 watercolours showing horses, drawn by the strapmaker to the Imperial Court in eighteenth century Vienna
13 [Carriage Horses]. Fölsch, Michael, Vienna strapmaker (fl. c. 1800). Eighteenth-century illustrated manuscript sample book of harness designs and other elaborate and decorative carriage horse tack. [Vienna, c. 1800]. 2 vols. Oblong small folio (23.5 x 36.8 cm and 25.4 x 39.4 cm). 66 pen-and-ink, watercolour and gouache drawings of horses, mostly highlighted with silver and gold (one folding), all signed, each within a black ruled border, most trimmed and mounted onto larger sheets at a period date. Early marbled paper spines. Housed in an early calf-backed marbled paper covered faux-book box, metal clasps.
  € 85,000
Unique illustrated manuscript trade catalogue, with each image depicting a horse in elaborate carriage tack. The drawings were executed by Michael Fölsch himself, one of the foremost Viennese makers and sellers of luxury tack in the early 19th century, to show prospective clients possible designs for their carriage horses. Every single drawing is signed by the artist: Fölsch's talent for draughtsmanship and colouring was hitherto unknown and is remarkable for a leather craftsman who probably never received training as a painter. The breadth and complexity of the designs, and the use of gold and silver, is impressive, underlining the fact that such bespoke equipment was intended for the wealthy elite. - Provenance: first in the equestrian library of the Imperial stablemaster Franz Wenzel Schleichart von Wiesenthal (engraved bookplate on verso of box), who came from a great dynasty of stablemasters and horsebreakers that included his father as well as his two younger brothers Anton Philipp and Johann Joseph; latterly in the collection of Franz Josef II, Fürst von und zu Liechtenstein (1906-89, armorial bookplate). (more)
 

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First English edition
14 Cavendish, William, Duke of Newcastle and Gaspard de Saunier. A general system of horsemanship in all its branches. London, J. Brindley, 1743. Folio. 2 vols. bound in one. (2), 142 pp. (7), (1), ''138'' (but: 142), (14) pp. Vol. 1 (Cavendish) with a double-page engraved title-page by Petrus de Jode after Abraham van Diepenbeeck, 42 double-page engraved plates after Abraham van Diepenbeeck numbered bottom right, the title-page and all plates on guards, 6 engraved headpieces (including the arms of the Duke of Richmond above the dedication), 5 engraved historiated initials, over 40 woodcuts in text, woodcut tailpiece. Vol. 2 (Saunier) with 20 engraved plates (10 full-page and 2 folding printed in sepia, 8 full-page printed in black), 2 engraved headpieces (1 in sepia) (including the arms of Dr. [Richard?] Mead above the dedication), 1 engraved historiated initial in sepia, woodcut tailpieces. Set in Caslon types, along with some "Fell" types that had found their way from Oxford to the London trade by this date. 18th century mottled calf, sewn on 7 cords, re-backed with parts of the original gold-tooled spine and red morocco label laid down, with a Duke's crowned D and reversed D-monogram in the last compartment.
  € 25,000
First edition in the original English of a comprehensive and magnificently illustrated study on horses and horsemanship, first published in French translation, with fine engravings showing different riding positions, hunting views, bridles, and the anatomy of the horse. The text elaborates on the manner of feeding, dressing and training of pure-bred and common horses, directions for the choice of stallions and mares, disorders, causes and symptoms of all illnesses and methods of cure, and the anatomy and physiology of the horse. At the end of volume 2 there are indexes of diseases and remedies as well as a collection of prescriptions according to the best modern practices for most of the illnesses of which a horse is known to suffer. - Volume 1 is the first English translation of the "Methode et invention de dresser les chevaux", using the same plates as the first French edition (Antwerp, J. van Meurs, 1658). The book was written by the diplomat and aristocrat William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle (1592-1676). "The publisher J. Brindley acquired the original copperplates for the engravings in the original French edition of Newcastle, printed in 1658 at Antwerp" (Podeschi), and published his French edition in 1737. "The book was then translated into English and published in 1743 as vol. I of 'A General System of Horsemanship'. As such, it is the first English version of the French Newcastle, a work [originally] written in English but translated [from the author's manuscript] and first published in French" (Podeschi). The engraved title-page still bears the date of the first French edition, and most reference works list it with the plates. On some plates the page numbers of the French edition have been removed, with traces still visible. Most of volume 2 is the first English translation of "La parfaite connaissance des cheveaux" ("The perfect knowledge of horses"), an anatomical and physiological description of the horse by the master horseman and director of the Leiden equestrian academy Gaspard de Saunier (1663-1748) and published under the inspection of the Dutch botanist, humanist and physician Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738). The anatomical plates include (reduced) copies of the plates used in the first French edition of Saunier's work (The Hague, A. Moetjens, 1734), and Snape's "The anatomy of the horse" (London, M. Flescher, 1683, cf. Podeschi 31). - The engraved headpieces "are copied from Parrocel's engravings in La Guérinière's 'École de cavalerie'" (Podeschi), which was published in 1733 and called by Mennessier de la Lance "one of the most beautiful equine books ever published in France" (cf. Podeschi 46). The numbering of the pages is irregular, with volume 1 switching from Roman to Arabic numerals between 8 and 11, the second volume repeating pp. 33-36, with several misnumbered pages. - We have not identified the presumably English duke whose crowned D cypher monogram appears at the foot of the spine. 20th-century armorial bookplate of Perran Wood on paste-down. The author's preface to volume 1 bound in volume 2 and the index to volume 2's plates on diseases (along with the plates themselves) between pages 4 and 5. Spine rebacked; front hinge cracked. In good condition. (more)
  ¶ Mennessier de Lance II, col. 250 (s. v. Newcastle). Nissen, ZBI 849. Podeschi 49. Brunet I, 1700. Graesse I, 93.
 

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15 Chamberlin, Harry D. Riding and Schooling Horses. New York, The Derrydale Press, 1934. (4), XIII, (3), 199, (1) pp. Illustrated. Original gilstamped green and black cloth with publisher's dust jacket. In custom-made half calf slipcase with giltstamped spine.
  € 1,800
First edition. Number 879 of 950 copies. Frazier copy, inscribed by the author (May 4, 1935: "Best luck with our mutual friends!"). Laid in is a typscript "Horse's Prayer" (8vo, 1 p.). An excellent copy save for the chemical reaction with the original dust jacket, which has the offsetting of the book's spine, some edge wear and a couple of small tears restricted to the spine. - The Derrydale Press was founded by Eugene V. Connett, III, after his family’s beaver hat-making company was liquidated in 1925. He soon became an expert printer, and produced his first publication, Magic Hours, the first book to bear The Derrydale Press imprint (estimate: 20,000-30,000). For the next fourteen years, The Derrydale Press would publish 169 titles, most in limited editions, written by the best sporting authors and illustrated by the best sporting artists of the day. With the outset of World War II, Connett was forced to close the business due to the unavailability of quality materials during wartime and the firm’s increasing debts. (more)
  ¶ Frazier C2a. Siegel 82.
 

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16 Dadd, G[eorge] H. The Horseowner's Guide: Being a Synopsis of the Causes, Treatment, and Cure of the Most Common Diseases of Live Stock. Boston, George C. Rand & Avery, 1855. 12mo. VI, (7)-72 pp. Publisher's original printed wrappers.
  € 850
First edition thus, "selected from 'Dadd's Chart of Veterinary Practice', with additions and improvements. The veterinarian George H. Dadd also authored the "Modern Horse Doctor", "Anatomy and Physiology of the Horse", and other specialised titles. - Scarce title on horse care; only 3 copies located on OCLC (2 in U.S.). Wraps are somewhat grubby; handwriting on top of front cover. Some light waterstaining and wear within; still a good copy. (more)
  ¶ OCLC 624743331; 49964074.
 

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Coaches from a noble library
17 Dinkel, Josef. Neueste Wagen nach deutscher, französischer, und englischer Bauart. Augsburg, Vincenz Zanna & Comp., [1845-1850]. 1 f. of dedication, 100 lithogr. plates in splendid original colour raised in silver and gold. Stored loosely in 8 original wrappers as issued. Small oblong 4to (245 x 150 mm). Half calf portfolio with giltstamped title to spine.
  € 35,000
Complete set of pattern books for coaches; the most beautiful and comprehensive series of its kind ever published. The personal copy of Duke Maximilian of Bavaria, to whom the work was dedicated. Exceedingly rare; only three complete copies are known in libraries and collections worldwide (the copy in the Bavarian State Library is incomplete, containing fascicules I-IV only). The magnificent work by the Munich draughtsman contains one hundred designs for sophisticated state coaches and everyday vehicles. The plates, beautifully coloured and many of them heightened in gold and silver, show open and closed coaches with two or four wheels, transport carriages, omnibuses, company cars, sleighs, railway carriages and a hearse; the plate printed in gold shows a sample of a monogram for coachmen's blankets or coach doors. - "Neueste Wagen" was most probably commissioned by Vinzenz Zanna & Comp. - publishers in Augsburg specialized in the distribution of maps since 1833 - and it is assumed that the careful hand-colouring of the plates was done on their premises. Dinkel's work, known in a few copies only, appeared in eight fascicules, each containing 12 and the last one 16 outline lithographs. Zanna dedicated Dinkel's work to Duke Maximilian of Bavaria (1808-88), father of the famous Empress Sisi. The dedication leaf is known in two versions: the paper embossed with a lozenge-shaped pattern recalling the Bavarian colors (as here) and with coloured lettering but without embossing. - Original wrappers slightly stained near the edges, otherwise a perfect copy from the Library of the Dukes of Bavaria at Tegernsee Castle. (more)
  ¶ Engelmann, Suppl., 23 (mentions only 6 issues of 12 ff. each). Facsimile with commentary: R. H. Wackernagel, Joseph Dinkel, Wagenmoden im Biedermeier. Stadtwagen, Reise- und Sportfahrzeuge zwischen 1830 und 1840. Dortmund, 1981 (= Die bibliophilen Taschenbücher, vol. 239). For Dinkel cf. AKL XXVII, 484.
 

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German Riding school in praise of Arabian Horses
18 Eisenberg, [Friedrich Wilhelm] von. Wohleingerichtete Reitschule, oder Beschreibung der allerneuesten Reitkunst, in ihrer Vollkommenheit, durch nöthige Schulen erkläret. Amsterdam & Leipzig, Arckstee & Merkus, 1746. Oblong folio (390 x 257 mm). 2 vols. in one. 56 ff., 63, (1) oo. With engr. title page and 59 engr. plates by B. Picart. Contemp. calf with gilt spine. Marbled pastedowns.
  € 12,500
Rare first German edition of Eisenberg's famous riding school, which boasts beautiful illustrations of horses and horsemen (repeated from the 1727 French original edition). Arabian horses in particular are lauded as "the finest produced by the Orient. They are exceptionally fine animals, especially those from the hills of Mokha [...] Arabian horses are full of fire and vigour in general and are possessed of a great natural agility [...] Their start is like lightning, and so they are incomparable for racing and tournaments, for they are skillful as well as swift". - Binding rather chafed in places; hinges beginning to crack. Some edge damage to plate IV; some browning or brownstaining to margins. From the collection of the Leipzig jurist and later senior alderman of the Leipzig council, Christian Gottlob Bose (1726-88), with his autogr. ownership "C. G. Bose. 1748" on the printed title. The Boses, a wealthy Leipzig family of merchants and aldermen, were close friends of the family of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach. While it was known that the twelve-year-old Christian Gottlob had taken violin lessons with the theologian J. C. Weiß, the young law student's passion for horses - an expensive hobby, but well within the means of any son of the gold and silver manufacturer Georg Heinrich Bose (1682-1731) - was hitherto unknown. (more)
  ¶ Lipperheide Tc 42. Jöcher/Adelung II, 854. Cf. Mennessier de la Lance I, 438. Huth 1727 & 1747. Cohen/R. 345. Hoefer XV, 774. OCLC 248061472.
 

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19 Frankland-Russell, Robert. Six sketches in lithography representing the common actions of the Horse. London, C. Turner, 1842. Folio (54.5 x 38 cm). Six tinted lithographs by Day & Haghe after "R.F.R.". Original drab wrappers.
  € 8,500
First edition in original wrappers. The large tinted lithographs show "walking", "ambling", "trotting", "cantering", "galloping", and "leaping". - Light spotting in the margins, one plate with a short tear in the margin. Spine worn, some soiling to wrappers. (more)
 

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20 Gambado, Geoffrey [i.e., Francis Grose?] / Bunbury, Henry William. An Academy for Grown Horsemen, Containing the Complete Instructions for Walking, Trotting, Cantering, Galloping, Stumbling and Tumbling. London, printed for W. Dickinson, S. Hooper, and Mess. Robinsons, 1787. Folio (266 x 365 mm). VI, III-XX, 38 pp. With two frontispieces and 21 plates (the frontispiece and 10 out of 11 plates present in two states, both coloured and as sepia mezzotints). (Bound with:) Annals of Horsemanship. Containing Accounts of Accidental Experiments, and Experimental Accidents Both Successful and Unsuccessful [...]. London, for W. Dickinson, S. Hooper, J. Archer, and R. White, 1791. XVII, (1), 81, (1) pp. With 15 stipple-engraved plates. 19th-century red three-quarters morocco with gilt spine. Marbled endpapers.
  € 4,500
First editions of Gambano's droll classics on horsemanship featuring H. W. Bunbury's humorous caricatures: a luxury copy with the rare hand-coloured plates included with the first work. "Geoffrey Gambado" has sometimes been identified with the illustrator, but is also said to have been Francis Grose, compiler of "A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue" (cf. Riely, "Horace Walpole and 'the Second Hogarth'", in: ECS 9/1 [1975]). In addition to his works on antiquities, satiric essays, and volumes on non-standard words and meanings, Grose (1731-91) wrote "Rules for Drawing Caricaturas: with an Essay on Comic Painting" (1788), and the frontispiece portrait of "Gambado" in the "Academy" bears an uncanny resemblance to Grose, a "stocky, corpulent figure which Grose himself caricatured" (DNB). - The stipple-engraved plates were designed by H. W. Bunbury (1750-1811), whom "Walpole enthusiastically compared [...] to Hogarth. He was the friend of Goldsmith, Garrick, and Reynolds, and the favourite of the Duke and Duchess of York, to whom in 1787 he was appointed equerry. All this, coupled with the facts that he was seldom, if ever, personal, and wholly abstained from political subjects, greatly aided his popularity with the printsellers and the public of his day, and secured his admission, as an honorary exhibitor, to the walls of the Academy, where between 1780 and 1808 his works frequently appeared [... They] are not without a good deal of grotesque drollery of the rough-and-ready kind in vogue towards the end of the last century - that is to say, drollery depending in a great measure for its laughable qualities upon absurd contrasts, ludicrous distortions, horseplay, and personal misadventure" (DNB). - "The Annals of Horsemanship" were later "published with and generally bound with" the "Academy", though always "with a separate title page" (Huth). The "Academy" seemingly wants fol. B1 of the preliminary matter, but was apparently issued that way: as the ESTC notes, "Possibly deliberately mis-signed in order to support the 'missing' portion of the author's preface - see editor's note". - Some browning and brownstaining; occasional edge tears repaired (including a largish fault to fol. M2, the edges of which are more severely frayed). From the library of the late Robert Lionel Foster, Esq. (British Justice of the Peace, d. 1952; his bookplate on front pastedown). (more)
  ¶ Huth p. 52. Lowndes p. 860. Brunet II, 1474 ("singulier ouvrage"). Graesse III, 22.
 

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Important horse's ride and bit-book with 102 full-page woodcuts
21 Geissert, Johann. Ein Ritterlich und Adelich Kunstbuch: darinnen von Reiten, Zeümen, auch Ross Arzney, item allerley Stangen, Kinnketten, geschlossenen und offenen Mundstücken, sampt jedes Wirckungen, unterschiedlicher und aussführlicher Bericht begriffen, dergleichen zuvor niemals aussgangen. Coburg, Caspar Bertsch, 1615. Folio. With letterpress title in woodcut border built up from five blocks showing the coats of arms of the two dedicatees above (2 blocks), an equestrian (repeated) on either side and the training of a horse and his rider below, 102 full-page woodcut plates (98 numbered I-XCVIII each with a few lines of descriptive text and 4 unnumbered), large woodcut illustration on verso of last text-leaf incorporating elements of the coats of arms of Coburg and Sachsen. [8] ff. Contemporary overlapping vellum, remnants of ties.
  € 5,500
One of two issues of the first and only edition of this rare and important horse's ride and bit-book by the equerry Johann Geissert (ca. 1580-1625) dedicated to the brothers Johann Casimir (1564-1633) and Johann Ernst (1566-1638), dukes of Sachsen-Coburg respectively Sachsen-Eisenach. ''Ein bedeutendes, culturhistorisch, auch sprachlich interessantes Werk'' (Jähns). - The numbered plates are divided in two sections describing bits and mouth-pieces used in Germany (plates I-XCIII), and in Spain and Turkey (plates XCIIII-XCVIII). The 4 unnumbered plates show reins and ropes. The plates are preceded by a 6-leaves instruction on horse training and ending with a 2-leaves treatise on horse medicine based on Geissert's previously written Reitbüchlein (Coburg, Caspar Bertsch, 1612). - Another issue was published in the same year with the same publisher, omitting on the title-page the coats of arms of the dedicatees and replacing it by the woodcut used below in this issue and supplying another woodcut for the bottom (cf. VD17 32:656023Y). Binding warped and stained; old restoration to title-page and plate XXXII; some thumbing; browning and occasional foxing. A very good copy of this early Coburg imprint and important bit-book. (more)
  ¶ Graesse III, p. 43; Jähns, p. 1012; Moirandat sale (Henry Sarasin collection, Basel, 9 October 1999), lot 21; VD17 23:295297L; not in Mennessier de la Lance; Lipperheide; Nissen, ZBI; Podeschi.
 

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Famous and enormously influential Italian work on horsemanship
22 Grisone, Federico. Ordini di cavalcare, et modi di conoscere le nature de' cavalli, di emendare i lor vitii, & d'ammaestrargli per l'uso della guerra, & giovamento de gli huomini: con varie figure di morsi, secondo le bocche, & il maneggio che si uvol dar loro. Venice, Andrea Muschio, 1610. 2 parts in 1 vol. 4to. With woodcut vignette on title, 2 woodcuts in text, 50 full-page woodcuts showing the different kinds of bites and harnesses in the first part and woodcut vignette on title and a full-page woodcut of a horse, detailing the areas where signs of illness can be seen in the second part. (12), 164; 70, (13) pp. Contemporary vellum. Scielta di Natabili avvertimenti, pertinenti a' cavalli, distinta in tre libri. Nel primo si descreve quel che adoperar si deve per far razze eccellenti. Nel secondo spiegasi l'Anantomia de' Cavalli; & narransi le cause d'ogni loro interna indispositione, & le cure à lor necessarie. Nel terzo si ragiona della Chirurgia, & de' suoi effeti. Col ritratto del Cavallo: ove si veggono tutti i suoi morbi, co' medicamenti appicati à loro.
  € 2,300
Famous and enormously influential Italian work on horsemanship. Federico Grisone was a master horseman from Naples. The fine reputation of the riding Academy of Naples was due to the service of Grisone. He worked primarily with destriers, or war horses, and his training methods involved heavy curb bits and cruel punishments. Grisone was greatly influenced by the Renaissance rediscovery of the works of Xenophon, a Greek writer and cavalry officer who lived about 400 B.C. - The design forbits in the present work set a style for future horse books. The first part deals with the nature of horses, their vices, rules for breeding, vetenirary advice, their use and aid in war, and of the pleasure they bring human beings. The second part deals with the anatomy of horses, their indispositions and cures, surgery and its effects. Many editions were published in all European languages, but at the present especially the editions in the original Italian language are very difficult to find. - Good copy.- (Spine repaired at bottom; endpapers strength. at hinges; ms. notes on title page canceled with ink; sl. foxed; few tears without loss of text). (more)
  ¶ Cf. Mennessier de la Lance I, p. 581-582; Cicognara 4608; Niemyer, The Reign of the Horse p. 14 (1550 It. ed.).
 

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"The value of a horse depends on his feet"
23 Hoerdt, Siegmund von. Unterricht über die Pferde-Hufbeschlag-Kunst und die Behandlung der kranken und fehlerhafften Hüfe, nebst einere Abhandlung über die Castration der Pferde. Stuttgart & Tübingen, J. B. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung, 1829. 8vo. (4), V-XVII, (1), 270 pp. With 25 lithogr. plates, numbered 1-22 and I-III, of which 5 folding. Original green boards, with orange gilt title label on spine, red edges.
  € 2,500
Second, enlarged and corrected edition of a specialist treatise on horse hoofs & horsehoes and about the castration of horses, by Siegmund von Hoerdt, veterinarian and professor at the school of veterinary medicine. The first edition was published by H. Mäntler at Stuttgart in 1827. - A good copy, showing minor foxing. (more)
  ¶ Huth 96.
 

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Illustrated horse manuscript
23 [Ottoman Horse Manual]. 'Ata Tayyarzade, Ahmed. Tuhfat ül-farisin fi ahval-i huyul il-mucahidin [On the training and care of war horses]. No place, c. 1855. Oblong 4to (257 x 173 mm). Manuscript on paper in Ottoman Turkish script in black and red ink. 79 ff., 13 lines, manuscript within black ruled borders. With 19 hand-coloured lithographed plates of horses, each captioned in black ink in Ottoman Turkish. Manuscript title loosely inserted. 19-c. green morocco richly gilt, flat spine gilt, gilt edges, decorative floral silver and blue endpapers.
  € 45,000
Unique Ottoman manual on the training and care of war horses by Ahmed 'Ata Tayyarzade (d. 1294 AH/AD 1877). The main manuscript is preceded by a detailed table of contents and ends with illustrations depicting how to feed a horse, calming a horse, riding a horse, controlling a horse having a hysteria attack, healing a horse suffering from various illnesses and ailments, including 'flu, cold, cramp and stomach worms and training horses. Another manuscript version of this work is in the Walters Art Museum (MS W.661, 1271 AH/1854-55) which includes 30 colour illustrations (apparently watercolours), of which 18 are near-identical depictions of the illustrations in the present work - however, the present work includes the depiction of a stallion covering a mare, which is not included in the Walters manuscript. - Joints starting, head of backstrip repaired, slightly rubbed. Formerly in the Ottoman collection of the Swiss industrialist Herry W. Schaefer. (more)
 

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24 [Horse manuscript]. Ris'lat al-khayl. Ottoman Turkey, 1150 AH [1738 AD]. 8vo (195 x 125 mm). Ottoman Turkish manuscript on paper. 84 ff. 19 lines of black nasta'l'q per page, certain words in red; with numerous annotations and later illustrations. Rebound in gold-tooled brown leather with central medallions.
  € 12,000
Rare collection of quotations and useful information on horses, presented in four chapters. The first provides hadith and other anecdotal authorities on horsemanship and its importance; the second, the attributes of a sound horse; the third, the veterinary treatments appropriate to a healthy horse, including a note on equine teeth; and the fourth addresses the different categories of horse suitable for different riders, variously soldiers, scholars, merchants, and farmers. The rear fly-leaves have a later sequence of elaborate drawings of equine anatomy, perhaps copied from a nineteenth or twentieth-century text, several within gilt frames. - Edges trimmed and a little marginal staining, text unaffected. Binding's edges a little rubbed. (more)
 

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25 [Horse Veterinary Manuscript]. Horse Veterinary Manuscript. Probably Britain, early 20th century. 8vo. 90 pp. Pen and ink on ruled paper, with 10 illustrations. Contemp. purple cloth.
  € 650
Privately compiled, unpublished manuscript of horse anatomy and medicine, with extensive hints on how to treat sick thoroughbreds, as well as lists of their most common ailments and recipes for self-prepared ointments. The illustrations show the animals' anatomy, skeletal system, digestive tract, heart, hoof (for shoeing), teeth, etc. (more)
 

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Horses, horsemanship, the horse trade, horse carriages, with three early lithographed plates
26 Kegel, Karl / Seufert von Tenecker. Mittheilungen aus dem Umfange der Pferdezucht, Pferdekenntnis, Reitkunst und denen dahin einschlagenden Wissenschaften [...]. Bamberg, for the author by Johann Friedrich Schmidt, 1820. 8vo. (14), 311, (1) pp. With 3 lithogr. folding plates, the first two depicting a horse led by a man on foot, and the third a lithographed folding table. Contemp. blue boards, gilt-tooled spine, gilt edges.
  € 1,500
Second edition of a work on all aspects of horses, horsemanship, the horse trade, horse carriages etc. The work contains 6 chapters by Karl Kegel and 12 by Seufert von Tenecker, and 3 early lithographed plates. It was first published in 1817 and was apparently very popular: the present edition contains a six-page list of subscribers. It was followed by several other editions. - A stain in the last folding plate and some smudges to the binding. A good copy. (more)
  ¶ Huth p. 92. Not in Mennessier de la Lance; Nissen, ZBI; Podeschi.
 

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Horse training and equipment
27 Lieb, Christoff Jacob. Practica et arte di cavalleria, of oeffeningh en konst des rydens, leerende een berijder de paerden nae haer natuer en aert t'onderwijsen en af te richten... Met by-voegingh van een gebit-boeck. Utrecht, Johannes Ribius, 1671. 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With engraved frontispiece by G.G. v. Fenaem after Webber showing five scenes of lessons in horsemanship, letterpress title-page to each part with woodcut of a horse (first title in red and black), 55 illustrations (first part with 2 half-page engravings and 25 woodcuts in text, second part with 28 (20 outside collation) mostly full-page woodcuts). [6], 150; [2], 20, [24] pp. Contemporary gold-tooled mottled calf.
  € 3,250
First Dutch edition, with the ofthen lacking famous frontispiece after Webber, of a popular German riding-school by Christoff Jacob Lieb, equerry to the Elector of Saxonia, first published at Dresden in 1616. - The first part is on the practice and art of riding and is illustrated with two large engravings depciting a mounted figure with indications for riding school presentations. Woodcut diagrams in the text (similar to dance diagrams) indicate the horse foot movements for exercise patterns. The second part deals with horse bits, halters and bridles and is extensively illustrated with large woodcuts. The translator, Simon de Vries (1628-1708) was a schoolmaster at Utrecht. Both the original German and this Dutch edition are rare. - Spine restored. Good copy. (more)
  ¶ Huth 24; Lipperheide 2906; Toole-Stott 2095; not in Mennessier de la Lance; Podeschi.
 

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28 Lord, Charles Al[fred]. 3 partly autograph letters of a jockey. Maisons-Laffitte and other places, 1883/84. 8vo. Altogether 6 pp. Each with envelope. Together with a calling card (also with envelope).
  € 1,500
3 letters by the French jockey Charles Alfred Lord about his own horses and races performed: "J'ai lessé Landrail là [à Rochefort], ayant à la faire courir à Fontenay-le-Comte, Sables d'Olonne et Chalans. Mais il ses trouvé de bon chevaux engager dans les deux premières réunions et ayant lessé un garçon avec la jument, je m'atander qu'il aurais fait ce que je lui avais dit, de la promener matin et soir en main; comme il n'étais pas assez fort pour la tenir, je lui ais enlevez la selle afin qu'il ne la monte pas pour ne pas quelle s'emballe. Si il avez fait ce que je lui avais dit, elle aurais été prete à courir comme elle été assez prete lorsque je lais monté. Il ny avais qu'à la maintenir par des promenades. Faites en ce que vous voudrais. Elle s'atellera bien j'en suis sur. Faites en votre jument de service et lorsque je viendrai je vous aporterai selle et bride pour la monter et la tenir. Si je vais à Pau cet hivert, on la fera saillir par Lord-Sting pour faire un demi sang. Si non vous la ferais saillir par un troteur et comme elle a de bonne dispositions pour troter, cela vous fera un troteur [...]". - On headed paper. (more)
 

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Beautiful manuscript by a retired Dutch officer in Prussian service in the Napoleonic era
29 [Manuscript - Horses]. Anecdoten van paarde kenners, paarde liefhebbers, ruijters en ros-kammers. Naar waarheid en eijge ondervinding opgesteld. Door een gepensioneerde cavallerie officier. Netherlands, ca. 1815. Folio. Manuscript on paper written in brown ink in a readable hand, illustrated with a small watercolour of a horse with Amor as its horseman for frontispiece, large washed pen drawing for dedication headpiece 'To the lovers of horses', and 31 watercolours of horses in text. [4 blank], 267, [9 blank] pp. Early 20th-century half vellum, spine ribbed and gilt.
  € 17,850
Very beautifully illustrated manuscript by a retired Dutch officer in Prussian service in the Napoleonic era, giving his personal account on the horses he kept and traded in during his career. The fine watercolours, executed with great care and refined draughtsmanship, show the portraits of all horses the author once owned. The text of the manuscript is also of considerable interest. The author relates very entertainingly and with many personal details of his lifelong schooling in horsemanship and he displays a profound knowledge of horses. He also accounts of his daily life in the Prussian army. - Beautiful manuscript on horses in fine condition, providing insight in horse trading & keeping, and army life in the early 19th-century. (more)
  ¶ N.G. van Huffel, in: Oude Kunst, vol. II, 1917, pp. 248-52 (full description with 15 of the illustrations reproduced, by the at that time owner of the present manuscript).
 

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30 Mareschal, Marien de. Mémoire sur l'éducation des chevaux. (Moulins, L. Desrosiers, 1820). Small 4to. 8 pp.
  € 850
Study on the training of horses, submitted and presented to the Agricultural Society of Allier, by Marien de Mareschal, Mayor of Deux-Chaises (France). The author tries to demonstrate the benefits of horse breeding. - Small defects to edges; slight dust-soiling. (more)
 

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"This horse for a stallion is peerless": by the first Englishman to import Arabian horses
32 (Markham, Gervase). How to chuse, ride, trayne, and dyet, both hunting-horses and running horses. With all the secrets thereto belonging discovered. An arte never heeretofore written by any author. Also a discourse of horsemanship [...]. London, E. A[llde] for Ed. White, 1606. (142) pp. With numerous woodcut text illustrations. 19th century full crushed brown morocco by Riviere & Son; spine lettered in gilt, leading edges and turn-ins gilt. All edges gilt. 8vo.
  € 25,000
Milestone of hippiatric literature, by one of the earliest western owners of and dealers in Arabian horses. Extremely rare, as are all the earlier Elizabethan editions; the fifth edition under this title. Of Arabian stallions, the author writes: "This Arabian is of nature milde and gentle to his Ryder and Keeper, but to strangers moste cruell: they will bite like Mastifes, if you offer to strike them, they will come open mouthed at you like a Dogge, and the more you strike the more they will bite, they feare nothing, the night and day is with them all one: and as those Gentlemen reporte that have travailed in those Countries, they ordinarily live till fiftie and threescore yeares. This Horse for a Stallion is peerlesse, for he hath in him the puritie and vertue of all other Horses. They bee so excelent for travaile, that this Arabian (of which I have the ryding) beeing travaild from a parte of Arabia called Angelica to Constantinople, and from thence to the hithermoste partes of Germanie by land, and so by Sea to England, yet was hee so couragious and livelye, (having no flesh on his backe) that by no means hee could bee ruled" (A4r). - This work was first published in 1593 as "A Discourse of Horsmanshippe" - a booklet of a mere 46 leaves (of copy of which commanded £42,000 at Christie's in 2006). This was significantly expanded and reprinted under the present title in several scarce editions (1595, 1596, 1597, 1599, 1606) and then in abridged form in Markham's 1615 "Country Contentments", as well as in numerous editions of "Cheape and Good Husbandry" (1616). Gervase (Gervais, Jarvis) Markham, as well as his father Robert, a Nottinghamshire MP and Sheriff, was the owner of valuable horses, and "is said to have imported the first Arab. In a list of Sir Henry Sidney's horses in 1589 'Pied Markham' is entered as having been sold to the French ambassador [and it, or a horse of the same name, may have been given to Markham by Sir Francis Walsingham], and Gervase sold an Arabian horse to James I for £500" (DNB). - Evenly browned throughout; joints and headcaps slightly rubbed; new endpapers stained by gilt turn-ins. A beautiful copy in its 19th century luxury binding by Riviere and Son. Provenance: formerly in the Arabian Horse Owners Foundation Museum, with their ink ownership stamp on front pastedown. The AHOF was founded by Ruth "Bazy" Tankersley in 1963 and includes the W. R. Brown Memorial Library at Tucson, Arizona, devoted to the history of the horse. (more)
  ¶ BM-STC 17350. Huth p. 13. Cf. Menessier de la Lance II, 156. Graesse IV, 403 (4to).
 

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32 Markham, Gervase. Markham's Maister-Peece, Containing all Knowledge Belonging to the Smith, Farrier, or Horse-Leech, Touching the Curing of all Diseases in Horses [...] Now the seventh time newly imprinted, corrected and augmented [...]. London, William Wilson, 1651. 4to. (14), 591, (23) pp, final blank. With additional engr. title page (frontispiece), 4 full-page text woodcuts (2 folding) and several smaller woodcuts in the text, as well as 1 folding woodcut plate, latterly backed with cloth. Sumptuous mid-19th-century three quarter morocco binding with gilt spine.
  € 15,000
Extremely rare and early edition of this great English hippiatric manual, first published in 1615, by one of the earliest western owners of and dealers in Arabian horses. A distinctly modern touch is provided by the small woodcut pointing hands scattered about the margins, denoting new cures and "medicines that are most certaine and approved; and heretofore never published". Gervase (Gervais, Jarvis) Markham, as well as his father Robert, a Nottinghamshire MP and Sheriff, was the owner of valuable horses, and "is said to have imported the first Arab. In a list of Sir Henry Sidney's horses in 1589 'Pied Markham' is entered as having been sold to the French ambassador [and it, or a horse of the same name, may have been given to Markham by Sir Francis Walsingham], and Gervase sold an Arabian horse to James I for £500" (DNB). - Variously browned; occasional corner faults (no loss to text). From the library of Sir Robert Throckmorton, Bt. (1800-62), member of an eminent Anglo-Catholic noble family who sat in the House of Commons from 1831 to 1835 (his bookplate on front pastedown; a later bookplate is opposite on the flyleaf). (more)
  ¶ Wing M659. Poynter 20.7. Wellcome IV, 56 (incomplete). Cf. Mennessier de la Lance II, 156. Huth p. 17 (other editions).
 

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33 [Moseman & Brother]. Mosemans' Illustrated Guide for Purchasers of Horse Furnishing Goods. Novelties and Stable Appointments. Imported and Domestic. New York, E. D. Slaiter, [c. 1893]. Folio (286 x 390 mm). Colour lithogr. title, 303 (i.e. 305), [1] p. With 7 leaves of plates, illustrated throughout (some in colour). Colour advertisement bound after p. 70. Modern red cloth with giltstamped spine title and original giltstamped cover title inset on upper board.
  € 3,500
Original edition of the Moseman Brothers' sumptuously produced sales catalogue of luxury horse tack and equipment. Dated from a printed letter (March 6, 1893), appearing on p. 67. Contains more than 1000 detailed illustrations of all items relating to the horse including halters, muzzles, halter ties, hitching weights, oils, dressings, stallion shields, boots, toe weights, bitting harness, hopples, spreaders, cart saddles, collars, riding & driving bits, whip sockets, whips, hunting crops, ornaments, chains, snaps, clothing, saddles, veterinary preparations, stable requisites such as brushes, curry cards, brooms, forks, and much more. One of the finest equestrian trade catalogues of the 19th century produced by a leading New York City concern, C. M. Moseman and Brother, offering a vast range of high-quality equine goods. Rare, most libraries hold copies of the late 20th century reprints only. (more)
  ¶ OCLC 24193302.
 

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The original edition of one of the most important photo books: the horse in motion, pictured for the first time in history
34 Muybridge, Eadward. Animal Locomotion. An Electro-Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements. 1872-1885. Author's Edition. Philadelphia, published under the Auspices of the University of Pennsylvania, plates printed by the Photo-Gravure Company, 1887. Large folio. Half morocco, retaining the original cloth covers and gilt cover label. 11 (instead of 21) plates.
  € 40,000
Author's Edition. Landmark collection of Muybridge's revolutionary "instantaneous photography", a self-developed technique that allowed for high-precision series of high shutter speed stop-motion photographs. He began his work with photographing horses, but in time it would also include athletes, birds, lions, and even camels. Muybridge first photographed a horse with all 4 hooves off the ground in 1872, after Leland Stanford (later the Governor of California) hired Muybridge to determine whether a horse leaves the ground completely when running, a hotly debated issue at the time. (Stanford believed they did, and Muybridge won Stanford a $25,000 bet.) By 1885, Muybridge had accumulated over 20,000 photographic negatives, or 781 sequential series of photo-plates, shot from multiple cameras at carefully planned locations and angles, each of which showed a human and/or animal engaged in a continuous motion. This required Muybridge to develop cameras for faster shutter closure. In cases where a human or animal moved any great distance, photographing the movement required a team of photographers, rather than a single photographer. Muybridge and H. Allen, a physiology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, published 37 eleven-volume sets which contained a collotype of every one of the 781 photographic series. This "Author's Edition" consists of a selection of the most important collotypes contained in the full work; the present set includes all the plates to show animals: No. 565. Horse trotting. - 616. Horse and rider, trotting more rapidly. - 626. A third horse and rider, running, including several frames with all 4 hooves off the ground. - 647. A horse jumping a hurdle at high speed, with a bareback jockey. - 659. Mule jumping and kicking with his hind limbs. - 710. Race hound at high speed, including frames with all 4 feet off the ground. - 721. Lion circling along the wall of a small enclosure. - 739. Camel walking. - 755. Bird flying, including swoops down. - 3. Runner. - 152. Runner jumping a hurdle. - The combined illustrated area of any given plate varies, but is typically about 21 x 30 cms. Muybridge had focused his early photographic work on San Francisco and Yosemite, but had later been sent by the Federal Government to photograph Alaska for the High Sierra Survey. (The latter project was in 1868, shortly after the territory was purchased. He was later sent on a second trip to Alaska to photograph the Tlingit tribe and the Modoc War.) During his time as a photographer, Muybridge owned a racetrack. Late in life, he invented the zoopraxiscope, a primitive forerunner of the motion picture camera. Analyses made possible by the technique later had a wide range of implications for sports, podiatry, physical therapy, vertebrate paleontology, and other fields. - Pastedowns and spine renewed, otherwise an excellent, clean copy in the original boards. (more)
  ¶ Grolier, Truthful Lens, 123. Parr/Badger, The Photobook I, 52.
 

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A drive through the English countryside
35 Newhouse, Charles B. Roadsters album. London, Messrs. Fores, 1845. Folio. Hand-coloured lithographed title, 16 hand-coloured lithographs drawn by C. B. Newhouse and lithographed by Messrs. Fores depicting al kinds of horse carriages, roadsters, (including a mail roadster) on the road at full speed and at stops, interleaved with blank leaves. Later 19th-century red morocco, gilt title and horseshoes on spine, front cover with gilt horseshoes, armorial central piece with initials H.A.J. in ornamented roundel, and a gilt horse carriage on top part of front cover, endleaves in leather.
  € 25,000
First edition of a fine album on transport by horse carriage through the English countryside in the 19th century, beautifully illustrated with coloured lithographs after drawings by Charles B. Newhouse (c. 1805-77). The plates vividly depict the events that occur whilst travelling by horsecarriage. - Spine-ends slightly rubbed. A fine copy from the collection of Henry Artur Johnstone, whose blindstamped bookplate, dated 1899, is on the endleaf. (more)
  ¶ Abbey, Life 407. Tooley, Coloured Plates 346.
 

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37 Pembroke, Henry Herbert, Earl of. Equitazione militare, o sia metodo di scozzonare i cavalli, e d'istuire i soldati nel cavalcare destinato all'uso dell'eserctito [...] Naples, Stamperia Reale, 1788. Folio (224 x 314 mm). 1st blank f., (6), 84 pp. With engr. title vignette and 17 consecutively numbered engr. plates. Contemp. vellum with gilt-lettered red spine label.
  € 1,500
Rare first Italian edition of the Earl of Pembroke's great work on military equitation. Henry Herbert, 10th Earl of Pembroke (1734-94), a colonel in the 1st Regiment of Dragoons, came to be an authority on breaking cavalry horses. In 1755 he built an indoor riding school at Wilton House and commissioned 55 paintings of military riding exercises (now in the Large Smoking Room, Wilton). Despatched to Germany in 1760 to take part in the Seven Years' War as major-general in command of the Cavalry Brigade in Germany, he in 1761 wrote the British Army's manual on riding, "Military Equitation: or A Method of Breaking Horses, and Teaching Soldiers to Ride ". This had already reached a 4th edition by 1793, and his methods were adopted throughout the British cavalry. - Not in OCLC; another Italian edition would not appear until 1818 (in Turin). An excellent, wide-margined copy with a contemporary text correction on p. 25. The fine outline-engraved plates show the various positions of the horse. (more)
 

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Horses and horsemanship in 17th-century Germany
38 Pinter von der Au, Johann Christoph. Neuer, vollkommener, verbesserter und ergänsster Pferd-Schatz, in einer ausführlichen, leicht-verständ- und begreifflichen, aus reiffer Durchforschung der Natur und untrüglicher Erfahrung geschöpffter Wissenschaft, und auff diese fest-gegründeter Kunst-Ubung vorgestellet: vermittelst welcher durch gewisse Grund-Regulen, und vernunfftmässige Gleichnüsse alles dargewiesen wird, was von dem gantzen Geschlecht der Pferde, dero verschiedenen Arten, guten und bösen Eigenschafften, Mängeln und Gebrechen; nicht weniger bey Fortpflantzung, Erziehung, Wartung, und künstlicher Abrichtung der Pferde ... Demen beygefügt Hn. Del Campe, Königl. Fräntzös. Stallmeisters wohl-abgefasste Reit-Kunst, oder leichte und richtige Anweisung, wie einer mit der Zeit einen guten Reuter abgeben könne, zusamt einem kürtzen Bericht, von Lantzenbrechen, Kopf- und Ringel-rennen. Und dann ein vollständiger Haupt-Theil wohl-bewährter Artzney-Mittel, und rarer Recepten, vor allerhand vorfallende Gebrechen und gefährliche Anstösse der Pferde ... Frankfurt am Main, Johann Philipp Andrea for Georg Heinrich Oehrling, 1688. 2 parts in one vol. Folio. Engraved frontispiece of horses being trained and 40 beautiful depictions of horses in various positions on 25 folding engraved plates. (2), 456, (8) pp. 19th-century half calf with red morocco title label lettered in gold, red painted edges.
  € 6,500
Very rare second and best edition of this work on horses. A great variety of subjects and aspects is treated: their qualities, virtues and vices, training, dressage, health care, prescriptions, etc. etc. The first edition was published in Frankfurt by Götz in (1664): the Vollkommener ergäntzter Pferd-Schatz. - Contents: pp. 1-27: I, 1. Ausführliche Beschreibung. pp. 28-39: I, 2. Ordnung nach welcher in einer wol-bestellten Stuterey, die jungen Füllen ... gehalten werden. pp. 39-64: I, 3. Wartungs-Regeln und Ordnung welche in einem wolbestellten Reit-Stall ... in acht zu nehmen. pp. 65-113: I, 4. Der Pferde Eigenschafften und Gewohnheiten ... pp. 113-120: I, 5. Der Pferde gemeine Gebrauch und Nothdurft ... pp. 121-134: I, 6. Der Pferde rechter, höchster und hoher, gemeiner und ordentlicher Gebrauch ... pp. 135-163: II, I, 1. Nothwendiger Theoriam des Reuetrs Unterweisungs-Art ... pp. 164-192: II, I, 2. Notwendige Stücke in des Reuters Unterweisung: von den Würckungen und derselben Unterschied ... pp. 193-242: Gemeine und sonderliche Zaumungs-Regeln ... pp. 243-277: II, II, 1: Die Staffel-Ordnung ... bestehend in der zu Abrichtung der Pferd gehörigen Unterweisungs Art ... pp. 277-296: II, II, 2: Staffel-Ordnung ... 1. Das Stillhalten. pp. 296-324: II, II, 3: Der Pferde Abrichtung ... pp. 325-340: Appendix ... Gemeine und sonderliche .. Kennzeichen eines wol oder übel disponirten ... Pferdes. pp. 341-374: Herrn Del Campe ... Edle Reit-Kunst, oder schöne und richtige Anleitung, ein guter Reuter zu werden. pp. 375-456: Wohl-bewährte Artzney-Mittel, wider mehr dann zweyhundert und funfftzig Krankheiten und Gebrechen der Pferde. pp. (1-8): Register. - Good copy. - (Some false folds in the plates, library stamp on title). (more)
  ¶ Schrade-Hering 1432; Nissen, ZBI 3185 (calls for 24 plates); not in Mennessier de la Lance, nor Huth; only one copy in NUC.
 

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Earliest depiction of a a lady sitting astride the horse
39 Pons-d'Hostun, L[ouis] H[enri]. L'écuyer des dames, ou lettres sur l'équitation. Paris, Huzard, 1806. 8vo. (4), II, 140 pp. With 3 engr. plates by Horace Vernet. Contemp. straight-grained red morocco, elaborately gilt on covers and spine; leading edges and inner dentelle gilt. Blue endpapers. All edges gilt.
  € 7,500
First edition of this manual of riding instruction for ladies. The fine engravings by the young Horace Vernet (1789-1863), later the 19th century's foremost master of equestrian illustration, include the earliest depiction of a lady sitting astride the horse. A second edition was published in 1817. The author, Louis Henri II, marquis de Pons d'Hostun (1750-1820?), was inspired by the works of Newcastle and La Guérinière. Exceedingly rare; a sumptuously bound copy. (more)
  ¶ Schrader 1452. Mennnessier de la Lance 336. Huth 75.
 

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40 Ridinger, Johann Elias. Türkischer Pferdsaufbuz samt einem die nötigen Anmerkungen hierzu enthaltenden Brief. Augsburg, Martin Elias Ridinger, 1752. Oblong folio (450 x 336 mm). Letterpress title page (with extensive description on the reverse) and 4 engraved plates. Contemp. blank wrappers, stored in custom-made cardboard portfolio with giltstamped cover label.
  € 6,500
First edition. - A fine series of four elaborately decorated Turkish horses, based on drawings prepared in Constantinople and sent to Ridinger by Baron Gudenus. As stated in the letter from Constantinople, dated 7 March 1741 and printed on the reverse of the title page, the Ottoman dignitaries could be distinguished by the various kinds of luxurious cloths, jewels, and finery they applied to their stables. The officials would vie with each other for the most splendid equestrian adornments, often showering their animals with gold and silver, diamonds, silk, and delicate embroideries. At a state reception in 1740, the Sultan was reported to have shown a parade of 30 horses, each covered in a different kind of precious stone. Such a horse laden with ornament, led into the seraglio by a Janissary, is pictured in plate I: four ostrich feathers adorn the head (a distinction afforded only to the Sultan's personal stable), while the chest bears a splendid rosette belt. Plate II shows a rising "Divani", such as is ridden by the Grand Vizier when dressed in state, with silver chains jingling from its halter and an embroidered blanket under the saddle. Plate III shows another Divani (titled "du coté gauche", but a rare variant imprint from front right), with different bridle and blanket; an elaborately tooled gilt thong is strapped across the chest. The final plate IV shows the "cheval de main d'un Pacha" besides a large kiosk, with a long blanket, rich silver and gemstone decoration and two leopard skins. - Some fingerstaining in the margins, but well preserved. (more)
  ¶ Thienemann 594-597.
 

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Very rare, complete copy of the famous work on horsemanship; with the original drawing for the second plate
41 Ridinger, Johann Elias. Vorstellung der Pferde, nach ihren Hauptfarben, und derselben verschiedenen Abtheilungen, Complexion, und der daraus entspringenden Beschaffenheit.- Description du cheval, selon ses poils principaux, & leurs diverses divisions, sa complexion, & les qualités qui en resultent. Augsburg, Johann Elias Ridinger, 1770. 4to. With engraved allegorical frontispiece showing a corner of a garden with the a calligraphed text, 50 full-page engraved plates with portraits of horses, mostly against a background of a woody landscape, some accompanied by a stableman or a gentleman; all plates, including title, beautifully coloured by a contemporary hand, sometimes heightened with white, all designed and engraved by Johann Elias Ridinger. 39 pp. text in parallel columns in German and French. Contemporary marbled half calf, marbled boards, red edges. (With:) Ridinger, Johann Elias. [The original washed pen and ink drawing in brown ink, heightened with white on grey-blue tinted paper (23.3 x 17 cm) for the second plate]: 'Die guthe Gestalt eines Pferdes.- La beauté et les parties exterieures du cheval'. On verso stamp of the collection of Aldalbert Freiherr von Lanna (1836-1909); mounted on board (52 x 32 cm).
  € 59,500
Extremely rare first edition of this coloured print-series of horses by Johann Elias Ridinger (1698-1767), the famous German painter, draughtsman and engraver of animals, especially of horses, for example his Vorstellung und Beschreibung derer Schul und Campagne Pferden nach ihren Lectionen (Augsburg, 1760-1). We offer this book that is very rarely to be found complete, together with an exceptionally fine and original washed pen and ink drawing by Ridinger, having served as the design for the second plate. There are, however, some interesting differences in the engraved plate compared with the design. As on the first plate: 'Die benennung der äusseren Theile des Pferdes.- Le nom et la situation des parties exterieures du cheval', and the third plate, showing a horse with all his possible defaults: 'Ein Pferd von allen Mangeln.- Les defaults des partis exterieures du cheval', the characteristics and defaults are indicated with numbers referring to the text, which is printed in two columns in French and German. - The work is of such rarity that Ridinger's great admirer and collector of his works, G.A.W. Thienemann, has only seen an incomplete copy of the first coloured edition, with only 28 of the 50 plates, and an uncoloured copy of the second edition, with 40 plates. - Several plates restored , mostly in margins, not affecting depiction, some browning and staining. Good, complete copy with the original drawing for one of the plates in very fine condition. (more)
  ¶ Cobres 310; Nissen, ZBI 3418; Schwarz, p. 121ff. and plate XXIX; Thienemann 919-69; cf. Brunet IV, 1299; Mennessier de la Lance II, 429; Thieme & Becker XXVIII, pp. 308-10; for the history of the collection of Adalbert von Lanna: Lugt I, 516f. (no. 2773).
 

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Portraits of the Godolphin Arabian, Lath, and many others
42 Roberts, James & Henry. The Sportsman's Companion: or Portraitures, Pedigrees and Performances, of the Most Eminent Race Horses & Stallions, Represented in Variety of Attitudes. Interspersed with Tail-Pieces & Embellishments Alluding to the Sport. Calculated for the Utility and Entertainment of the Nobility, Gentry, Breeders, &c. London, J. Barker, c. 1800. 8vo. Letterpress title page and 40 engr. plates by James and Henry Roberts, engr. index leaf, and publisher's 4-page catalogue (with woodcut image of cocks fighting). Stitched in wrappers.
  € 15,000
Fine series of plates, each depicting a famous horse with his rider or stable-hand, and recording its pedigree, qualities and racing record, together with the owner's name. The final plate shows the most famous of all, the Godolphin Arabian (the called the "Bay Arabian, the property of the Right Hon.ble the Earl of Godolphin"), foaled in Yemen around 1724: "This extraordinary horse became a private stallion soon after his arrival in this kingdom, and got a greater number of fine horses of just temper with superior speed than any Arab ever did. He was the Sire of Lath, Dismal, Cade, Bajazet, Babraham, Phenix, Dormouse, Regulus, Skewball, Sultan, Blanck, Slugg, Noble, Tarquin, Blossom, the Godolphin Gelding, Shepherdess, Amelia, and many others besides stallions and brood mares, all in the highest esteem; he dies at Hogmagogg Hills, Dec. 1753, in the 29th year of his age". - Among the other horses are Lath, the Godolphin Arabian's offspring by Roxana; Basto (son of the Byerly Turk); Old Scar, whose ancestry included the Oglethorpe Arabian and Darcy's Yellow Turk, etc. The horses pictured all ran between 1708 and 1755. The first edition was published in about 1760, and this Barker edition some forty years later. This copy has no watermarks, but the books listed in J. Barker's catalogue of publications were mostly published in the 1790s. - Spine rubbed and bumped; slight wear to edges and corners. An excellent copy with two small tears imperceptibly restored. Of the utmost rarity: the only copy recorded at auction during the last decades is the Gloucester copy (Christie's, Jan. 27, 2006, lot 592). (more)
  ¶ Huth, p. 38. Cf. Podeschi 54.
 

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43 Röhm, Hans, painter (1877-1956). Sketchbook. Munich, September 1925-June 1926. Small 8vo (143 x 110 mm). 32 ff. of sketches in coloured chalk pastels and charcoal on bluish-grey laid paper. Contemp. half cloth.
  € 8,500
Contains 19 pp. of sketches showing the Keferloh horse market (some dated September 14), the others mostly showing landscape views from the environs of Munich (captioned Herrsching, Großhesselohe, Grünwald, Solln, Karlsfeld, Allach etc.). Inside front cover has Röhm's autograph name and address in pencil. - The painter, etcher, and lithographer Röhm studied at Nuremberg and the Munich Academy (1898-1902) with Wilhelm von Diez war. In 1927 he became professor in Munich (cf. Thieme/Becker and Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon). - The Keferloh horse market (known as "Keferloher Montag") was the largest of its kind in the German Reich until the Second World War. - Binding somewhat stained and rubbed; interior very well preserved. (more)
 

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44 [Saddlery and Harnesses]. Perkins-Campbell Co. Illustrated Catalogue 1906-1907 (Catalogue No. 27). Cincinnati, OH, Raisbeck & Co. for Campbell & Perkins, 1906. Oblong folio (364 x 308 mm). 148 pp. Contemp. red cloth; original printed and illustrated wrappers bound within.
  € 1,500
Charming, large-format catalogue of American harnesses, saddlery, and horse collars. Fully illustrated, this exceptionally well-preserved sales catalogue pictures some of the finest equestrian paraphernalia sold in the United States at the turn of the century. - Binding slightly rubbed; interior very clean. Rare, as all trade catalogues relating to the above subject. (more)
 

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The guide to the perfect knowledge of horses
45 Saunier, Jean de. La parfaite connoissance des chevaux, leur anatomie, leurs bonnes et mauvaises qualitez, leurs maladies et les remedes qui y conviennent. The Hague, printed for the author and sold by Adrien Moetjens, 1734. Folio (365 x 245 mm). Title printed in red and black with engraved vignette by D. Coster. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Gaspard de Saunier by and after Coster and 61 plates by and after François Morellon La Cave, François van Bleyswyck, and Ernst Ludwig. Early 20th century brown morocco, spine with raised bands gilt in compartments, gilt centrepieces, red edges, marbled endpapers.
  € 8,500
First edition. A superb example of this richly illustrated work of equine anatomy and hippiatrics, written by the inspector of the King of France's High Stable and edited by his son, who was riding-master at the Academy of the University of Leiden. It was a popular work which was later translated into German (Glogau, 1767) and into English as "Guide to the Perfect Knowledge of Horses" (London, 1769). - First leaves a little browned due to to paper, otherwise an excellent copy. (more)
  ¶ Huth 66. Mennessier de la Lance 490. Cohen/R. 940. Nissen, ZBI 3592. Brunet V, 149. Graesse VI, 276.
 

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Deluxe edition heightened with silver and gold, bound by J. Mackenzie, bookbinder to the King
46 [Tournaments] - Schlichtegroll, Friederich. Turnier Buch Herzogs Wilhelm des Vierten von Bayern von 1510 bis 1545. Nach einem gleichzeitigen Manuscript der königl. Bibliothek zu München, treu in Steindruck nachgebildet [...] mit Erklärungen begleitet [...]. Munich, Senefelder, 1817. Oblong folio. Fascicles 1-6 (out of 8) in 1 vol. Lithogr. title page (wanting lithogr. half-title), lithogr. dedication, lithogr. table of contents, lithogr. final leaf, IV, 28 (instead of 60) pp., 25 ff., 24 (instead of 31) double-page-sized coloured lithogr. plates in gilt and silver by Theobald and Clemens Senefelder. Contemp. brown morocco with elaborately gilt spine and covers, leading edges gilt; inner dentelle gilt, marbled endpapers; edges gilt. Stored in contemp. brown morocco slipcase with elaborately gilt spine by J. Mackenzie.
  € 30,000
Tournaments and hastiludes began in the 11th century as both a sport and to provide training for battle. The sport of jousting grew out of the tournament and, by the 15th century, the art of tilting became quite sophisticated. Horses - as shown here on the 24 spectacular plates heightened with silver and gold - were specially bred for the joust. The present work, a rare incunable of lithography hardly ever encountered complete, is also an early example of lithography used to produce a perfect facsimile, namely of a manuscript tournament book kept at the Royal Library in Munich. The facsimile was produced by Theobald and Clemens Senefelder, brothers of the famous Alois Senefelder who had invented the process. Most known copies are illuminated in the very highest quality and heightened in gold and silver; Dussler refers to these copies as "de-luxe editions". Our copy comprises fascicles 1-6 (out of 8), containing 4 (of 5) introductory lithogr. leaves, pp. I-IV and 1-28 (of 60) and 24 (of 31) coloured lithogr. double-page plates, each with descriptive text leaves. Wants fascicles 7 and 8 (plates 25-31 and their descriptive text leaves), a lithogr. half-title, and the introductory text of pp. 29-60 (chapters III and IV). Very slight brownstaining throughout; double-page plates show offsetting of the silver heightening to the opposite pages. - Sumptuously bound in gilt morocco by John Mackenzie, bookbinder to the King, in matching solid slipcase (the binding showing but very slight traces of wear, while the protective slipcase is rubbed and somewhat scuffed). "The work of our binder, John Mackenzie, spanned the whole of the first half of the 19th century. In a circular issued in 1840, he described himself as 'Bookbinder to their late Majesties King George IVth & King William IVth', as a binder with 40 years of experience, and as a craftsman with one of the largest collections of brass binding tools in London (Howe). His materials and work are consistently of very high quality, as the present volumes attest; the Schiff collection had two of his bindings" (Phillip J. Pirages, cat. 63, item 325, describing a ten-volume-set of Lysons's "Magna Britannia" bound by Mackenzie). - Of the utmost rarity: the last copy at any auction was recorded in 1976 (Christie's, 2 April, lot 121: same number of plates as ours). (more)
  ¶ Dussler 256, 6. Maillinger I, 2590/91. Winkler 717, 1-2, 4-52 & 67. Cf. Lipperheide Tb 6 (note).
 

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A very rare suite of 24 large beautifully lithographed plates of accidents with horses
47 Strassgschwandtner, Anton Joseph. Reit-Unfälle und Pferdelaunen. Vienna, Stammler and Karlstein (printed by Reiffenstein and Rösch), [c. 1860]. 16 plates with the addition 'Paris, chez Goupil & Co). Oblong large folio (paper: 40.5 x 51 cm). With lithographed title-page and 24 numbered coloured lithographs, finished by hand by Anton Strassgschwandtner after his own drawings. [25] ll. Later half morocco.
  € 12,500
A very rare suite of 24 large beautifully lithographed plates depicting accidents with horses and showing their sometimes nervous temperaments by Joseph Anton Strassgschwandtner (1826-1881), or Tony Strassgschwandtner, an Austrian lithographer, as well as a painter specializing in horses, and in military and hunting scenes. In the years 1843-1845 Strassgschwandtner was a pupil of Leopold Kupelwieser and Franz Steinfeld at the Wiener Akademie, was also influenced by August von Pettenkofen, Carl Schindler and the contemporary French lithographers of military scenes. He was called the "Austrian Raffet" (after the French lithographer Denis-August-Marie Raffet (1804-1860). - Very good copy of this impressive work. (more)
  ¶ KVK (only 12 of the 24 plates in the British Library); not in Mennessier de la Lance; Podeschi.
 

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48 Thorn, W. & F. W. & F. Thorn Carriage Pattern Book. London, [c. 1867]. Oblong 8vo (250 x 150 mm). Ornate lithograph title page and 38 plates in original hand colour, raised in egg-white. Original full brown morocco stamped in gilt and blind. All edges gilt.
  € 8,500
38 stunningly hand-coloured plates of coaches in various styles, ranging from the plainest to the most elaborate and luxurious. The first two plates depict horses, a pair and a single horse, harnessed respectively to pull the coaches. The imagery is rich and vibrant; the binding is tight. - William Thomas Thorn (1819-81) and his brother Frederick (1822-82?) continued the prestigious family coachbuilding concern founded by their father Willliam in 1824. Upper board with gilt royal coat of arms and title "W. & F. Thorn Coach Builders & Harness Makers, by Special Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen" within a gilt geometric and floral border with embossed corner pieces. Lower board with same border design but all embossed. Expertly rebacked retaining the original spine; endpapers renewed. Rubbing and slight chipping along edges; occasional foxing, mostly affecting tissue guards. A scarce item, with no copies located on OCLC or COPAC. (more)
 

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A seventeenth century horseshoer on the treatment of horses
49 Tostlöwe (Tostleben), Christoph. Eigentliches Zeugniß der Warheit in der Demmerung, oder Ein guter Anfang zu der wahren Roß-Artzney. Mehrentheils auß eigener Erfahrung und Judicio, in Einfalt seines Hertzen auß deßen Schatz nach seinen Erkäntniß herfür gebracht, eines sich selber zu einen Memorial, allermeist- aber für seine Kinder zur guten Nachricht auffgezeichnet hinterlaßen von den Schmiede zu Böhlitz Christoff Tostlöwen Anno 1698. Böhlitz bei Leipzig, 1698. 4to. Manuscript copy, dated 1712. (74), 506, (4) pp., with two contemporary woodcuts of horses, removed from an illustrated Bible, mounted on verso of final leaf. Modern brown calf with giltstamped spine label.
  € 4,500
Remarkable, unpublished hippiatric manuscript, composed in the late 17th century by the Böhlitz blacksmith Christoph Tostlöwe (d. 1699 in Böhlitz-Gundorf near Leipzig) and here presented in a near-contemporary copy prepared but 14 years later by an unknown hand (the initial pages of the present ms. are dated to the early months of the year 1712; the completion of the copy probably required the better part of that year). The ms. begins with a lengthy preface in which the self-confident craftsman justifies his work, demonstrates his familiarity with the Dutch physicians Cornelius Bontekoe and Steven Blankaart, and asserts his competence in the medical field. This is followed by Tostlöwe's wide-ranging treatise on the treatment of the horse, including sections on stomach ailments, enemas, gall disorders, phthisis, afflictons of the eyes, as well as the proper care of the hoof, how to properly cast a horse on its side and tie it down, etc. The end is brought up by a three-page index; the final page shows two woodcuts of horses in battle and flight, removed from a contemporary illustrated Bible. - Tostlöwe was heavily influenced by the Pietist theologians Spener and Francke and was well-connected with the Leipzig Pietist movement. For his heretical views and disputatious activities he was arrested and questioned by the Merseburg consistorium in 1695; his written apology - an outstanding document of a Protestant layman's theological poise in the 17th century - has survived. His self-assured stance in matters theological as well as medical is also evident from the present work, in which he frequently departs into religious similes and parentheses. - A well-preserved and well legible ms., with numerous corrections and revisions by the copyist, prepared within two decades of the original. (more)
  ¶ Cf. Leipzig UB, Ms 2709 (the only known other ms. copy, also dated 1712).
 

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A Victorian adventure depicted in a series of fine watercolours, recording a trip to a manor house
50 [Watercolours]. [Monogrammist "F.W." or "E.W."]. [Adventures by coach, on horseback and on foot of two Englishmen]. [Album containing 12 mounted watercolours and 1 drawing in pen and ink]. England, 1869. Oblong folio. With 12 mounted watercolours, heigthened with white on paper, all measuring ca. 10 x 16 cm., all with caption in pen on verso and below the image, the final drawing in pen and ink directly on the album leaf measuring 7 x 8.5 cm. and titled "Back home" below the image. Contemporary dark brown morocco, marbled endpapers.
  € 6,500
A very nice account in a series of colourful and partly humorous pictures produced by the unidentified artist "F.W" or "E.W." in 1869 (the 8th drawing monogrammed and dated), mounted slightly later in an album with paper watermarked "J. Whatman 1874". The series of drawings records a visit by the artist and his companion Tom Hieover to an unidentified manor, where they encounter an overturned coach and its 'spilled milliners', compete with friends in a steeplechase, take a young cousin on a coach trip through very high snow before resting at an inn called the 'Rest and be Thankful', and finally leave the inn to travel five miles home on foot. - A few captions below the watercolours: 'On our way to the "Manor House' (two gentleman in an open horse drawn coach); 'Our arrival' (the two gentleman arriving in a manor); 'The squire takes a double' (a man on a horse jumping a double wooden fence); 'A farmer well mounted'. Monogrammed 'F.W.' or 'E.W." and '(18)69' (a man on a horse jumping out of a ditch).; 'A bye day. We call for Tom's cousin & take her for a drive' (the two men and a lady on a coach drawn through high snow by four horses); 'The snow getting deeper & deeper, we stop at the 'Rest & be Thankful', & send the fair cousin home in a Millers waggon' (the coach stops at an inn, the lady is sent home in another coach); 'Back home' (one of the men sitting in a comfortable chair). - Binding restored. One album leaf at the beginning cut out. Occasionally slightly fingersoiled and some small tears in paper not affecting the watercolours. Charming album in good condition, with sparkly watercolours, mainly with scenes including horses and carriages by an unidentified but accomplished equestrian artist. -b (more)
 

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