Upcoming Auctions and Events

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
[BRACKEN, Henry (1607-1764)]. Ten minutes advice to every gentleman going to purchase a horse out of a dealer, jockey, or groom's stables. London: J. Bell and C. Etherington at York, 1774. Half-sheet 12° (132 x 76mm). Engraved frontispiece of a horse and rider after B. Reading. Contemporary marbled paper wrappers (lightly worn at spine).
[BRACKEN, Henry (1607-1764)]. Ten minutes advice to every gentleman going to purchase a horse out of a dealer, jockey, or groom's stables. London: J. Bell and C. Etherington at York, 1774. Half-sheet 12° (132 x 76mm). Engraved frontispiece of a horse and rider after B. Reading. Contemporary marbled paper wrappers (lightly worn at spine).

Details
[BRACKEN, Henry (1607-1764)]. Ten minutes advice to every gentleman going to purchase a horse out of a dealer, jockey, or groom's stables. London: J. Bell and C. Etherington at York, 1774. Half-sheet 12° (132 x 76mm). Engraved frontispiece of a horse and rider after B. Reading. Contemporary marbled paper wrappers (lightly worn at spine).

RARE FIRST EDITION: one of only 3 copies known, in fine, original condition. A medical doctor and student of Boerhaave at Leiden, Bracken's Farriery Improved was a best-selling work. Almost as popular was the posthumously-published Ten Minutes Advice, a handy guide to buying a horse to 'guard the unwary from deceptions in the purchase'. ESTC records two copies at Oxford and the Royal Veterinary College. Not in Huth.

More from The Le Vivier Library of Sporting Books and Modern First Editions

View All
View All