The Gentleman's Stable Directory; or Modern System of Farriery
The Gentleman's Stable Directory; or Modern System of Farriery The Gentleman's Stable Directory; or Modern System of Farriery The Gentleman's Stable Directory; or Modern System of Farriery The Gentleman's Stable Directory; or Modern System of Farriery
£225.00
London: Printed for G.G.J & J. Robinson and C. & G. Kearsley.. 1791.

Two volumes. 8vo (213x125mm). pp. xxiv, 519, [1bl]; viii, 419, [5]. Contemporary tree calf. Red morocco lettering piece on spine with title in gilt, circular red morocco label with volume number. Slight cracking to the surface of upper and lower covers but overall excellent bindings in near fine condition. All edges sprinkled in red. Apart from heavy foxing to signature "A" in volume one, the contents of the set are very good. Volume one is described as "the Eleventh edition considerably enlarged and carefully corrected", volume two (which is undated) as "A new edition. carefully corrected". Frontispiece engraved portrait of Taplin. Front pastedown of both volumes has the bookplate of "Seton of Ekolsund". The Setons were a Scottish family with Swedish connections. The ffep has a manuscript note from 1794 which attacks Taplin's work as containing "so much arrogance and self-sufficiency accompanyd with such insufferable vanity and contempt of all former farriers, that it cannot be read without feelings of disgust". It seems that the author of this rant could have done with a dose of Taplin's "Balls for the Inflammatory Cholic or Fret" advertised at the end of volume two and sold by C&G Kearsley (who also published and sold this book) at two shillings each.