A general system of horsemanship in all it's [sic] branches : containing a faithful translation of that most noble and useful work of his Grace, William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle, entitled, The manner of feeding, dressing, and training of horses for the great saddle, and fitting them for the service of the field in time of war, or for the exercise and improvement of gentlemen in the Academy at home : a science peculiarly necessary throughout all Europe, and which has hitherto been so much neglected, or discouraged in England, that young gentlemen have been obliged to have recourse to foreign nations for this part of their education : with all the original copper-plates, in number forty-three, which were engrav'd by the best foreign masters, under his Grace's immediate care and inspection, and which are explained in the different lessons : and to give all the improvements that may be, this work is ornamented with head-pieces and initial letters, properly adapted to the subsequent chapters, and enlarged with an index.
- Additional Title(s):
Methode nouvellet et invention extraordinaire de dresser les chevaux. English
- London : Printed for J. Brindley, bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, in New Bond-Street, MDCCXLIII 
- Physical Description:
- 2 v. (, viii, -142,  p.,  leaves of plates; , 4, , 36, 33-138,  p.,  leaves of plates) : ill. (engravings) ; 55cm. (fol.)
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- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Volume 1 contains an added, engraved, double-leaf title page of the first 1658 French edition: La methode nouvelle et invention extraordinaire de dresser les chevaux; with imprint: A Anvers, Chez Iacques van Meurs, l'an M. DC. LVIII.
Volume 2 has title: A general system of horsemanship in all it's branches: Containing, I. Directions for the choice of stallions and mares, and for weaning and managing of foals ... II. The manner of keeping, soiling, training, and exercising race-horses, and preparing them for the course ... III. The perfect knowledge of horses; being a succinct account of their various disorders, both internal and external ... IV. The osteology and myology of a horse: Or, an anatomical description of all the bones and muscles, that compose that most noble and useful animal ... to which is added a large collection of recipes ... also a dictionary, explaining all the technical terms that belong to the stud, the stable, the manage, farriery, or whatever relates to horses.
Engravings in v. 1 by Peeter Clouwet, Cornelius van Caukercken, Théodorus van Kessel, Adriaen Lommelin, Pieter van Lisebetten, Lucas Vorsterman, and F. van der Wyngaerde; after Abraham van Diepenbeeck. Engravings in v. 2 by R. Parr, after Andrea.
"The perfect knowledge of horses", v. 2, p. 1-89, is a translation of Jean de Saunier's "La parfaite connoissance des chevaux."
"The publisher J. Brindley acquired the original copperplates for the engravings in the original French edition of Newcastle, printed in 1658 at Antwerp ... ; he published the Méthode et Invention Nouvelle de Dresser les Chevaux in London in 1737. The book was then translated into English and published in 1743 as Vol. I of A General System of Horsemanship. As such, it is the first English version of the French Newcastle, a work written in English but translated into and first published in French. A New Method and Extraordinary Invention to Dress Horses, published in London in 1667, is the first printing of Newcastle's original English text, perfected by the author."--Podeschi.
Signatures: V.1: pi² a-[b]² C-2M² ²G² (versos of pi1,2 are blank); V. 2: pi² a²(a1+***1) [superscript pi]B1 c1 B-2M² 2N²( -2N2) 3A-3C² 3D²( -3D2) (versos of pi1 and [three stars]2 are blank).
Engraved head-pieces and initials; woodcut tail-pieces.
Each page is within red ruled frames.
Podeschi, J.B. Horse and horsemanship, 49
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in mottled brown calf, rebacked; tooled in gilt on front and back covers and spines, dark red and black leather labels tooled in gilt on spines, all edges marbled, green place-marking ribbon in both volumes.
- Subject Terms:
- Dressage -- Early works to 1800.Horsemanship -- Early works to 1800.Horses -- Anatomy -- Early works to 1800.Horses -- Diseases -- Treatment -- Early works to 1800.Horses -- Training -- Early works to 1800.Veterinary medicine -- Early works to 1800.
- Engravings -- 1743.
Woodcuts -- 1743.
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Newcastle, William Cavendish, Duke of, 1592-1676, A general system of horsemanship in all it's [sic] branches , MDCCXLIII 
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