HORSES & HUNTING -- CAVENDISH, William, Duke of Newcastle (1592-1676). Méthode et Invention Nouvelle de Dresser les Chevaux, edited by François Robichon de la Guérinière. London: John Brindley, 1737.
Large 2° (538 x 366mm), engraved frontispiece and 42 numbered engraved plates, by Pieter Clouwet, Th. van Kessel, and L. Vorstermans after A. van Diepenbeeke, all double-page, 50 woodcut diagrams in text. (Some plates browned in gutter, others slightly creased, a few quires lightly browned, Y1 waterstained.) Contemporary red morocco gilt with flower-and-shell border enclosing a central lozenge made up of sunbursts, hunting horns and many other small tools, gilt spine compartments with alternating brown and black morocco onlays, gilt edges with [?]later fore-edge painting showing an armorial shield attached to a tree with a crest at the tree top, the shield containing a prancing horse and three stars to the sides, a human figure and festoon of flowers to each side of the tree, the scene filled with butterflies and other winged insects (spine restored and with some rubbing and cracking to joints, scuff marks causing losses to border on back cover, corners and edges rubbed). Provenance: Earls of Derby (armorial bookplate of James Stanley, the 10th Earl, who died in 1736, presumably used on an ad hoc basis by his successor, Edward Stanley, the 11th Earl [1689-1771]).
LARGE-PAPER COPY OF THE SECOND EDITION, SUMPTUOUSLY BOUND IN MOROCCO. Reprinted from the plates of the first edition, preserved in the library of Lord Oxford. Edward Smith Stanley, the 12th Earl of Derby (1752-1834), became the great patron of horse-racing. Brunet I, 1700; Huth p.21; Nissen ZBI 848; cf. Mellon/Podeschi 26 (1st edition).