The Gentleman's Stable Directory or Modern System of Farriery. Comprehending All the most valuable Prescriptions and approved Remedies. interspersed with Occasional References to the dangerous and almost obsolete practice of Gibson, Bracken, Bartlet, Osmer, and others; also particular Directions for Buying, Selling, Feeding, Bleeding, Purging, and getting into Condition for the Chase; with experimental Remarks upon the Managment of Draft Horses, their Blemishes and Defects. To which is now added A Supplement containing Practical Observations upon Thorm Wounds, Punctured Tendond, and Ligamentary Lameness. With Ample Instructions for their Treatment and Cure; Illustrated by a Recital of Cases, including a Variety of Useful Remarks. With a Successful Method of treating the Canine Species, in that destructive Disease called The Distemper. - William Taplin 1791 - G.G.J. and J.Robinsons and G.Kearsley, London - The Tenth Edition, Considerably Enlarged and Carefully Corrected. Inscribed to Sir John Lade, Bart. Engraved frontispiece portrait. In 2 volumes. First published in 1788. The second volume contains "Experimental Remarks upon Breeding, Breaking, Shoeing, Stabling, Exercise, and Rowelling. To which are added, particular Instructions for the General Management of Hunters and Road Horses; with Concluding Observations upon the present State of the Turf". With the half-titles.   Taplin was a part of a group of British surgeons who switched to become veterinarians. Although Taplin was disliked by his peers (he is described by Smith as being … egotistical, bombastic, … unscrupulous … And by others in equally negative descriptions) his books were popular in Great Britain and America.

References: CSU Special Collections. Smith -
The Early History of Veterinary Literature. Loder, Bibliography of Horse Racing, 785.

Provenance: Contemporary bookplate of Lieut. General Christopher Jeaffreson of Dullingham [d. 6 Feb. 1826]
8vo. pp. xxiv, 519; viii, 419, [1]
  Bound in near contemporary tree calf, the covers with a gilt single fillet border. Smooth spines divided into six panels by gilt pallets, lettered in the second panel on a red goatskin label and numbered in the fourth on a green label, the others tooled with an alternating urn beneath a weeping branch and a medallion and with small medallions in the corners, the edges of the boards hatched in gilt, plain endleaves, yellow edges. (Slightly rubbed).   Condition: Very good, there is a small hole in p.2 in vol.1, without loss of text. There are ink manuscript notes on pp. 36 and 37 in vol.1, which have been cropped at the margins. Occasional minor dust soiling and a few spots, but a very good copy in a handsome binding.   Ref: 102376   Price: HK$ 7,500