An Academy for Grown Horsemen; Containing the Completest Instructions for Walking, Trotting, Cantering, Galloping, Stumbling, and Tumbling. Geoffrey Gambado, pseud, Henry William Bunbury.
An Academy for Grown Horsemen; Containing the Completest Instructions for Walking, Trotting, Cantering, Galloping, Stumbling, and Tumbling

An Academy for Grown Horsemen; Containing the Completest Instructions for Walking, Trotting, Cantering, Galloping, Stumbling, and Tumbling

Mount Vernon, NY: William Edwin Rudge, 1929. Bunbury, H.; Ross, Gordon. Facsimile reprint of the first edition of 1787. Hardcover (imitation leather, gilt-stamped). xx, 38p + 12 pls. by Bunbury and 2 additional pls. by Gordon Ross, 1 in color and signed in pencil. One of 100 deluxe copies (out of series); unnumbered presentation copy from artist Owen Culbertson to Churchill Newcomb, 1929. With Culbertson's bookplate. Laid in: 2 handwritten notes from Culbertson to Newcomb, and a typed list of an exhibition of Culbertson's collection of sporting art. In original plain jacket and slipcase. Fine / fine. Item #30921

A fine-press reprint of this classic of equestrian humor, with an introduction by Culbertson. Equestrian mishaps and accidents are much the same today, and a close reading also reveals a good deal about British horsemanship of ca. 1800. (For this and other mock horsemanship manuals, see Monica Mattfeld's recent book Becoming Centaur: Eighteenth-Century Masculinity and English Horsemanship.) A beautiful copy, good for a gift. (Wells 1214 cites the regular edition of 400 copies).

Price: $95.00

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