1825. Item #16547
Allen, John. Principles of Modern Riding, for Gentlemen. London: Thomas Tegg 1825. xiv, 286p + 32 engraved pls. Good hardcover: contemporary half leather, marbled boards (rubbed). Although the text is generally very good and clean (some offsetting from plates), most of the plates are dampstained in the margins and sometimes into the frame or background. The images themselves are usually not affected, but a few are; priced accordingly. Sturdy binding. ** The only edition, by the "riding master, Seymour Place, Bryanstone Square." The title page continues: "in which the late improvements of the manege and military systems are applied to practice on the promenade, the road, the field, and the course." Treats mounting and dismounting, equipment, the gaits (including lateral paces), aids, school figures, standing and flying leaps, handling "critical situations," road riding, hunting, and racing. The plates are bound as listed in the table of contents, except for the last one, which faces a different page. (Wells 93) More condition details on request.