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Guerrero Ludeña, Bartolomé The Art of Horseshoeing, a Dialogue

Signature
G-240
Edition
1st ed.
Imprint
In Madrid: [Printed] by Juan Garcia Infanzon, at the author's expense…, in the year 1694
Physical description
[13] p., 74 p., [2] p.: il.; 4º (20 cm)
Notes

Nine prints, numbered as ff. and included in the paging sequence, between pp. 63 and 73. Of the initial 13 pp., one corresponds to a print reproducing a shield and the dedication to Juan de Palafox Zúñiga Cardona Ligne Olin y Rebolledo. - Sign.: ¶4, 2¶4, 3¶4, A-I4. — Binding:Parchment of the period. Tejuelo: Arte de herrar cavallos. — From the library of Sebastian de Soto, who states in a note, "I bought this book in Madrid from the bookstore owner Manuel Pereda on 1st May 1871". It was passed on from him to Mr Roque Pidal and, in 1935, to the University of Oviedo.

As stated in this work, Bartholomew Guerrero Ludeña was born in Maora (Jorquera, Albacete), and served as an albéitar, i.e. as a ferrier/veterinarian, in Madrid, the city where he learned his trade. He was also knowledgeable in the art of the farrier, knowledge he acquired, in his own words in the preface to this book, "in the stables of the King, our Lord Carlos II, (may God save Him), which is where this art is practiced, to the greatest credit possible". According to Palau Claveras, the Arte de herrar cavallos… is a "work praised by Pedro Pablo Pomar when translating Lafosse in the 18th century, because it shows that what the French advocated in that century, Vinuesa, Reyna and Guerrero had already applied in their own times three hundred years before".

This book came out of the Madrid print shop of the typographer Juan García Infanzón, originally from Asturias, who worked at the court between 1676 and 1707. His print shop produced a variety of interesting books, all with quality printing.

El Arte de herrar cavallos… is a well-printed book with no shortage of beautiful illustrations. This edition, the first known according to Palau, is considered very rare and is much appreciated by bibliophiles.

Bibliographical references
  • PALAU Y DULCET, Antonio (Manual del librero hispano-americano. Bibliografía general española e hispano-americana desde la invención de la imprenta hasta nuestros tiempos... Barcelona, Librería Anticuaria de A. Palau, etc., 1953, vol. VI , p. 439, nº 110025) señala como primera edición conocida y rarísima del Arte de herrar cavallos una madrileña de Juan García Infanzón de 1684. Creemos que esto es un error ya que el resto de los repertorios (PALAU CLAVERAS, Agustín: Bibliografía hispánica de veterinaria y equitación anterior a 1901. Madrid, Universidad Complutense. Facultad de Veterinaria. Fundación Valdecilla, 1973, p. 32; TESORO de la Librería Vetusta. Madrid, Tipografía Católica de Alberto Fontana, 1931, p. 80; SALABERT Y ARTEAGA, Andrés Avelino de, Marqués de la Torrecilla. Índice de bibliografía hípica española y portuguesa: catalogada alfabéticamente por orden de autores y por orden de títulos de las obras: Bibliotecas de Palacio, Nacional, de la Escuela de Veterinaria de Madrid… Madrid, Establecimiento Tipográfico Sucesores de Rivadeneyra, 1921, p. 213, nº 300) indican que la primera edición conocida es la de 1694.
  • PALAU CLAVERAS, Agustín: Bibliografía hispánica de veterinaria y equitación anterior a 1901. Madrid, Universidad Complutense. Facultad de Veterinaria. Fundación Valdecilla, 1973, p. 33.
  • SALVÁ Y MALLÉN, Pedro. Catálogo de la Biblioteca de Salvá. Madrid, Julio Ollero, 1992, vol. II, p. 380, nº 2629.
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