np [London?]: `, 1751.
Early but 6th or so edition. vii, [i], 141, [7, index] pp. 1 vols. Small 8vo. Contemporary calf, small pin hole on last 8 leaves, else Very Good Smith, pp. 29-39; OCLC 15277506 (4 copies, NYU, PSU, Univ. of Mo., Columbia, Newcastle Univ, Robinson Library). Item #254021
Henry Bracken (1687-1764) began his practice as a physician and surgeon and, as a horse owner and patron of the turf, turned his hand to veterinary science in an era when most practitioners were abyssmally ignorant. He was among the first to diagnose equine ailments, rather than simply treating the symptoms. "No previous writer had drawn attention to the matter, while among the general public an entire absence of education was apparently regarded as the first essential of a veterinary practitioner." (Frederick Smith, The Early History of Veterinary Literature.) The book, first published in 1738, went into a dozen English printings, and at least three in the United States, all of them scarce.
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