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Lot 148

FIRST EDITION, ENGLISH-LANGUAGE MEDICAL BOOK ON HORSE DISEASES PUBLISHED IN 1721 BY FARRIERS.

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Year/Century: 18th century
Language: English
Subject: Science & Medicine
Binding: Leather
Description: Three sections make up The Farriers Dispensatory. Included in this are: I. A description of the medicinal simples that are frequently used to treat equine diseases, together with their virtues and methods of application, arranged into appropriate classes, etc. II. Preparations of simples, vegetable, animal, and mineral; together with a definition of common terms used in both chemistries and pharmacies. III. A variety of helpful compositions and receipts that are appropriate for the Cure of All Diseases and have never been published before, as well as the best accounts from renowned authors like Solleysell, Ruini, Blundevill, and others, compiled under the appropriate headings for Powders, Balls, Drinks, Ointments, Charges, &c. The correct way to make and mix them, along with a host of additional helpful observations and enhancements that tend to their appropriate administration. It also includes a comprehensive index of all the medicines in the book, both compound and simple, as well as a Table of Diseases that directs readers to the appropriate remedies for each type of illness. Written by W. Gibson. First Edition London: Printed for W. Taylor, at the Ship and Black Swan, Pater-Noster-Row, 1721 Dimensions: 5 by 8", 306 pages + a long Index Original calf. Excellent state with slight toning. Written in English The Farriers Dispensatory was William Gibson’s (1680-1751) supplement to his Farriers Guide. The second of his four published texts, the Dispensatory was a welcome successor to the incredibly well-received Farriers New Guide. This treatise was dedicated to Sir William Hope of Balcomie (1660-1724), a prominent equestrian and a translator of Jacques Solleysel’s (1617-1680) The Compleat Horseman (London, 1696). Sir William Hope believed that Gibson’s work was monumental and enlightening, going so far as to say that, ‘But be that as it will I am mightily well pleased that I can truly say, Britain has now a Gibson, as France formerly a Solleysell.

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