MARHAM, GERVASE Markhams master-piece containing all knowledge belonging to the smith, farrier, or horse-leech, touching the curing of all diseases in horses ... being divided into two books, the first containing all cures physical, the second all belonging to chirurgery...
London: William Wilson for George Sawbridge, 1662. The ninth edition, substantially enlarged. Two volumes in one, early 20th century three-quarters green morocco, cloth sides. 7 1/4 x 5 3/8 inches (18.5 x 13.5 cm); [xvi], 591,  pp.; collates A-Z, 2A-2P^(8) 2Q^(4) R^(8) (-R8, blank); with the large folding anatomical plate, engraved frontispiece (included in the collation) after Renaldo Elstrak, and four wood-engraved plates, one with a folding extension. Binding a bit rubbed and toned, first catchword in the preface (which is printed in larger size than the text) trimmed into, but in fact a fairly large copy, toned throughout, a few minor stains, the large plate backed with linen. Ink name on the (blank) recto of the first leaf of John Wall, an early owner who has annotated the book in a few places; later name of Pansy Ireland, 1938.
Markham's great compilation on the care of horses, their diseases and cures, first published in 1610, and here present in enlarged form. The work saw heavy use, and is quite scarce complete in early editions. ESTC R42157, noting only seven locations.
C Estate of Ricky Eisen
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