Rowlandson, Thomas. Item #12923
Gambado, Geoffrey, pseud. [Henry William Bunbury]. An Academy for Grown Horsemen. Westport, CT: Richard W. Ellis (The Georgian Press) 1930. Ca. 64p, 12 color pls. (reproductions of the Thomas Rowlandson illustrations in the London 1809 edition). Good hardcover (spine frayed); internally very good. No d.j. or slipcase, if issued. One of 235 copies. An appealing association copy, with a long inscription from Ellis to Harriet [Wadsworth, of the Genesee Wadsworths], 1935. ** A fine-press reprint of this classic of equestrian humor "containing the completest instructions for walking, trotting, cantering, galloping, stumbling & tumbling." Equestrian mishaps and accidents are much the same today, and a close reading also reveals a good deal about British horsemanship of ca. 1800. (See Monica Mattfeld's Becoming Centaur on this and other mock manuals of horsemaship.) (This edition not in Wells).