1801. Item #11861
[Astley, Philip]. Astley's System of Equestrian Education, exhibiting the beauties and defects of the horse; with serious and important advice, on its general excellence, preserving it in health, grooming, &c. London: Printed by T. Burton, 1801. 3rd ed. (1st pub. the same year). xvi, 197p + frontispiece silhouette portrait (often lacking) and 8 engraved pls. Fair hardcover: contemporary boards and leather spine (rubbed). Plates dampstained; some foxing; last 3 pp. of index missing and supplied in ink handwriting of the period. Armorial bookplate of J.W. Macfie. ** Astley was the "celebrated riding master, trainer of performing horses, and circus proprietor.... His system of training was...slow and progressive, obedience being always rewarded" (Smith 2:134). Here he starts by accustoming young horses to "the glittering of small arms, sound of trumpets, waving of flags." Pages 77-88 contain sidesaddle advice. A flawed but serviceable copy of an important work. (Wells 364).