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REITZENSTEIN, Wolf Ehrenfried von.

Der Vollkommene Pferde-Kenners. [The Complete Horse-Guide].

Stock Code
95270
Uffenheim, Joh. Simon Meyer (printer), 1764
£6,500

A German Horse Manual with a Jewish-Jargon-dictionary supplement. 'Rare first edition of this original and curious work on horsemanship' (Johan Dejager, Great Books on Horsemanship).

The first part of this book is a comprehensive equestrian and veterinary manual. Pages [17]-[20] list a curious bibliography of books on horsemanship, while the manual itself contains guidance on buying horses, on training and dressage, saddles, various bits and mouth-pieces and horse shoeing. The second part of the book deals with horse medicine and understanding prescriptions.

The final part of the work is the most unusual it is a supplement comprising a 36-page Hebrew Yiddish dictionary with an alphabetic index of over 1,500 terms, transliterated into Gothic letters and with German translations. This is followed by five sample dialogues between Jewish horse-traders in their distinct jargon.

Since their normal vernacular of Yiddish could be understood by their German speaking non-Jewish competitors, the Jewish dealers developed a secret

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Description

First edition. Two parts in 1 vol. 4to (21.5 x 17.3 cm). pp. [24], 176, [16], 176, [52] pp. Engraved frontispiece and 28 engraved plates, some folding. Modern half-vellum boards.

Bibliography

Lipperheide 2929 (ed. 1780), Dejager 267.

Stock ID:95270

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