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Ecole De Cavalerie : contenant la connoissance, l'instruction et la conservation du cheval. Par M. de la Gueriniere, Ecuyer du Roi., HORSEMANSHIP : La Gueriniere.
1 HORSEMANSHIP : La Gueriniere. Ecole De Cavalerie : contenant la connoissance, l'instruction et la conservation du cheval. Par M. de la Gueriniere, Ecuyer du Roi.
Paris, par La Compagnie 1769. 2 Vols [19.5 x 12 cms], mid 19thC[?] hard-grain calf/morocco gilt in very elegant Regency style, a.e.g. With portrait + 3 large folding plates [linen-backed] + 30 other plates, total c.pp638. Endpaper with simple 18thC armorial bookplate of Sir Henry Hunloke of Wingerworth, Derbyshire, and a small calligraphic modern booklabel. Text & engravings exceptionally clean & crisp, a very fine copy in a handsome Regency-style binding. 
Last French Edition of the classic French work on horsemanship. First published in 1731 in two small-format 16mo vols : in 1736 the first 8vo Edition was issued : and in its 1733 Folio Edition it is considered one of the most beautiful French books on the horse. It was later translated into many different languages and for long remained highly influential throughout Europe. See Brunet. See Mennessier : Bib Hippique. 
Price: 900.00 GBP
 
 
2 SMITH, William. The Uses and Abuses of Domestic Animals.
London, Jarrold & Sons [1887]. First Edition, original red cloth with a striking design in black and gilt. C.pp193, an excellent bright copy. With 11 full-page plates and 8 text illustrations. Also with numerous decorative head and tail-pieces, and decorative opening initials. 
Scarce children's book : only 3 copies located in Copac. * A relatively early example of Animal Rights in which Smith states 'man's duty towards all animals kept by him for his use, comfort or pleasure - not forgetting to show the many unnecessary sufferings that are caused to these poor dumb creatures by men and children, through want of thought for, and utter ignorance of, their nature, habits, and requirements.' With chapters on the avoidance of cruelty to many common domestic and farm animals : and also including separate chapters on the elephant and on the camel respectively. * The illustrations are probably by a variety of artists : at least two of the full page plates are by Harrison Weir 1824 - 1906, the highly successful natural history illustrator who was 'steadfast in his devotion to animal welfare' (Ingpen). Weir originated the first cat show, and was an expert breeder and judge of poultry. * The author is most probably William Smith, the Scottish architect of Balmoral Castle. 'Smith's only interests outwith architecture were music, children and animals' (DSA). 
Price: 75.00 GBP
 


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