1 September 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,625
Estimate GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,500
The Anatomy of the Horse. Including a Particular Description of the Bones, Cartilages, Muscles, Fascias, Ligaments, Nerves, Arteries, Veins and Glands ... all done from Nature. London: J. Purser for the author, 1766 [but plates watermarked 1823]. Oblong 2° (445 x 558mm), 24 engraved plates by Stubbs (plates with sporadic spotting throughout, last plate with tiny hole affecting image, three plates with light pencil annotation in a neat hand, short marginal tears to title and several plates, some light browning to text), early 20th century half roan, top edge gilt (rather worn). Provenance: 20th century ink presentation inscription to title.
"THE ANATOMY OF THE HORSE HAS BOTH SCIENTIFIC AND ARTISTIC IMPORTANCE, and it enjoys, with the anatomical works of Vesalius and Albinus, an esteem far beyond the special area of learning for which it was designed" (Doherty The Anatomical works of George Stubbs p. 11). Brunet V, 571; Huth p. 42; Nissen ZBI 4027; Norman 2032; Ray p. 6.
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