CAVENDISH, William, 1st Duke of Newcastle (1592-1676). A General System of Horsemanship in all its Branches. London: J. Brindley, 1743. 2 volumes, 2° (498 x 338mm). Half-title, ruled in red, additional double-page engraved title-page in French (with imprint of J. van Meurs, Antwerp, 1658), 42 double-page engraved plates on guards, 20 anatomical plates of horses (12 printed in sepia, 2 double-page), 8 engraved headpieces (one in sepia), 6 engraved historiated initials (one in sepia), woodcut text diagrams. Author's preface (pp.3-4) bound in vol. II. (A few light spots in vol. I, light browning and some leaves lightly spotted in vol. II.) Contemporary speckled calf gilt, red morocco lettering-piece (vol. I rebacked and recornered, lightly worn along spine of vol. II, both vols rubbed).
THE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of Cavendish’s comprehensive work on horses and horsemanship, accompanied, in the second volume, by the first edition in English of Gaspard de Saunier's La Parfaite Connaissance des Chevaux. The Duke of Newcastle's equestrian skills were renowned, and his riding school at Antwerp attracted students from across Europe. Ben Jonson celebrated this skill in The Underwood (epigram LIII). This 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. Mennessier de la Lance II, p.250; Mellon/Podeschi 49; Nissen ZBI 849.