NEWCASTLE, William Cavendish, Duke of (1592-1676) and Gaspard de SAUNIER
A General System of Horsemanship in all its branches: containing a faithful translation of that most noble and useful work of his Grace, William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle [vol. II: containing, I. Directions for the Choice of Stallions and Mares ... II. The Manner of keeping, soiling, training, and excercising Race-Horses ... III. The Perfect Knowledge of Horses ... Translated from the French Edition ... by Gaspar de Saunier ... IV. The Osteology and Mycology of a Horse ... To which is added, a large collection of recipes ...
London: J. Brindley, 1743. 2 volumes, folio. (17 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches). Mounted on guards throughout. Half-title. Double-page engraved additional title to vol.I, 62 plates (vol.I with 42 double-page plates by Peter de Jode and others after Abraham van Diepenbeeck, some plates in vol. 2 printed in sepia). (One plate in vol. 2 trimmed and mounted onto a larger sheet at an early date).
Early cat's paw calf, spine with raised bands in seven compartmens, ruled on either side of each band, morocco lettering piece in the second compartment
Provenance: James St. Aubyn (armorial bookplate)
First edition in English of the Duke of Newcastle's celebrated work on the training of horses, beautifully illustrated with copper plates by some of the finest engravers, complete with the second volume based on a translation of de Saunier's La Parfaite Connoissance des Chevaux.
The Duke of Newcastle's equestrian skills were renowned, and his riding school at Antwerp attracted students from across Europe. Newcastle's work first appeared in French in 1658, lavishly illustrated with engravings after A. de Diepenbeke. The engravings in the present edition are printed from the same original copperplates, acquired by Brindley for his 1737 French edition. The plates in volume I include five equestrian portraits (4 of the Duke), five plates of various horses owned by the Duke, two charming scenes of mares and foals, two plates of bits, saddles and other equipment, 24 scenes showing horses being trained (most featuring the Duke, Captain Mazin and, occasionally, a groom named Palfrenier.) The plates end with a multiple portrait of the Duke, his wife, his children and grandchildren. The work was originally published in French, in Antwerp in 1658 under the title Methode et Invention nouvelle de dresser les Chevaux.. The second volume includes a translation of the de Saunier's La parfaite connoissance des Chevaux, first published in The Hague in 1731. The plates, including a number printed in brown or ochre concentrate on the anatomy and possible defects to be watched for when buying a horse.
Brunet I.1700; Mellon Books on the Horse and Horsemanship 49; Mennessier de la Lance II, p.250; Nissen ZBI 849.