WINTER VON ADLERS FLÜGEL, Georg Simon. Bellerophon, sive Eques peritus. Nuremberg: Wolfgang Moritz Endter and the heirs of J.A. Endter, 1678. [With:] Hippiater Expertus, seu medicina equorum absolutissima. Nuremberg: Wolfgang Moritz Endter and the heirs of J. A. Endter, 1678. 2 volumes in one, 2° (320 x 210mm). Parallel text in Latin and German, half-titles, titles in Latin and German, 2 engraved frontispieces. First work: 170 engraved plates of dressage schooling by C. N. Schurtz and P. P. Troschel, of which 61 double-page and 3 folding, woodcut illustrations. Second work: engraved double-page plate of veterinary instruments, numerous engraved illustrations throughout. (Title to first work with tear and loss, ownership inscription cut out, browning and spotting mainly to text.) Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin, original clasps, manuscript title on spine, blue edges (erased centre-piece on boards, extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Partly erased owenrship inscription on title dated 1679 -- Henry Sararin (book plate).
A FINE COPY IN A CONTEMPORARY GERMAN BINDING of an important work on 18th-century equitation, paired with a treatise on equine medicine, largely compiled from the writings of various classical authors. The Bellerophon differs from similar dressage and schooling texts of the period in advocating a gentler approach with softer bits than those described in the works of Grisone, Pluvinel and other riding-masters. The Latin translation is by Michael Schuster: the original German text was apparently first published in Ulm in 1674 though most bibliographies give only the present edition. Menessier de la Lance II, 649-651; Lipperheide 2913; Brunet V, 1465; Wells 8293.