Oct 17, 2017 - Sale 2457

Sale 2457 - Lot 160

Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,000
(HORSES.) Reizenstein, Wolf Ehrenfried von, Baron. Der vollkommene Pferde-Kenner. 28 folding engraved plates. [26], 176, [52]; 176, [14] pages, including engraved additional title. 2 parts in one volume. 4to, 208x170 mm, contemporary mottled sheep gilt with modern leather lettering piece, recased, endpapers renewed; light even dampstaining through opening leaves, occasional marginal dampstaining elsewhere in text, varying soiling, stains, and edgewear on plates, repaired clean tear in first plate. 19th-century stamp of the Verein für Rostocks Altertümer on verso of frontispiece; bookplate of Henry Sarasin. Uffenheim: Joh. Simon Meyer, 1764

Additional Details

first edition of a comprehensive equestrian manual with sections on the general characteristics of horses, horse buying, breeding, riding, training, grooming, veterinary care, and horse tack, and a bibliography listing over 40 works from the 16th century onward. significant for yiddish historical linguistics is the 36-page appendix to part one, which contains a glossary of over 1500 transliterated Yiddish and Hebrew terms and 5 sample dialogues intended to aid non-Jews in understanding the horse trade dialect used by Jews. Commerce in livestock was a predominantly Jewish occupation in Central and Eastern Europe at the time; see EJ XI, 411-12.