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The Foure Chiefest Offices Belonging To Horsemanship,
8vo.(18 cm), [6], 22; [7], 81; [3], 22; [9], 87, [1] leaves. 4 parts in one, black letter, general and part titles within pictorial woodcut border, 53 full-page woodcuts of horse bits, several other illustrations including 2 pages of horse shoes, contents leaf with notes in a contemporary hand on reverse. Parts 2-4 have special title pages, all dated 1597. Part 2 is an abridgment and adaptation of Federico Grisone's "Ordini di cavalcare." Other parts include The Art of Riding, The Order of Dieting of Horses, and The Order of Curing Horse Diseases. Front and rear cover detached, flyleaves missing, the signature of an early owner (David Bateson) appears on the title page. The title page has a 1 in. x 2 ½ in. chip on the lower front edge; A.ii is a trifle brittle and darkened on the front edge; there is a small stain on page 29 of The Order of Curing. The same page shows a marginal hand-written notation apparently describing an additional formula for treating ill horses. The verso of the last page shows another hand-written note which apparently prescribes a remedy or medicine for treating a horse bitten by a "mad dog." Despite the foregoing imperfections this is a very clean copy of an edition more rare than other 16th-century editions (of which there were 3: 1566, 1570 & 1593). A similar copy sold at auction in 2012 for fifty-nine hundred dollars. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Peter Keisogloff Rare Books, Inc.]
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