Fine illustrated work including a study of the Horse in motion. (1801)


AN INQUIRY INTO THE STRUCTURE & ANIMAL OECONOMY OF THE HORSE. Comprehending the diseases to which his limbs and feet are subject, with proper directions for shoeing, and pointing out a method for ascertaining his age until his twelfth year. To which is added, an attempt to explain the laws of his progressive motion, on mechanical and anatomical principles.

Published: Printed for the Author. Birmingham. 1801.

Date: 1801

FIRST EDITION. 4to. (10.5 x 8.6 inches). Illustrated with 18 fine copper engravings by the author, including five fold out. Fifteen of the plates have a page of descriptive text opposite. A crisp, wide-margined copy bound in recent full brown morocco binding. Spine with raised bands, gilt. Double ruled gilt border on boards. Marbled endpapers. Some offsetting from the plates, reproducing a mirror image on the opposite page, otherwise a lovely bright and clean copy of this uncommon work.

Lawrence, a Veterinary Surgeon based in Birmingham, disagreed with the conventional theory of the time and accurately describes the way Horses gallop. He was proved right when the advent of stop frame photography allowed the motion to be recorded for the first time.

Loosely inserted, but unconnected with the book, is a folding copper engraved page from Hall’s encyclopaedia, undated but circa 1790’s, showing three images of the anatomy of the Horse.

Morocco leather.


Offered by Paul Foster