Marvelous pocket diary for horse lovers, illustrated with 13 etched and stippled-engraved plates of horses (one folding), plus two additional line-engraved plates. F.M.F. Bouvinghausen—equerry, chamberlain, major-general, and chief of the hussars in the regiment of the Duke of Württemberg—wrote a handful of veterinary treatises before 1790, but is best known for his series of horse-themed almanacs, published at Tübingen from 1792-1802. The Taschenkalender is divided into several sections, some of which address the sporting-horse markets in England (Newmarket), France, and Germany, and the tradition of Jewish horse breeders. Other sections discuss equine health, bits, bridles, saddles, and costumery. The second half of the almanac is a detailed genealogy of the major European royal lines, and was probably not the work of Bouvinghausen. Perhaps the most interesting feature of our book is the engraving accompanying the month of March, which illustrates a horse mounted with a uniformed rider, behind whom is seated a woman of color in a white dress, holding a pair of gloves in one hand. There is no expository text accompanying the compelling engraving—just a list of evidently random German nouns. A most engaging and well-produced equine almanac, of which only a single example from the entire series can be found in any American library—a 1792 edition at Texas A&M.
Tübingen: J.G. Cotta’schen, 1799.
16mo in eights, 114 x 78 x 14 mm. , 80, , 96, plus 15 plates (one folding). Bound in publisher's printed boards. Some wear and soiling to extremities, text block falls open at center, with corresponding crease in spine; minor foxing to a few leaves; last leaf with small tear in gutter margin. A clean and pleasing exemplar, with all plates in sharp and crisp impressions.