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1 Rangin; Translated By Leiut.-Colonel D. C. Phillott, F.A.S.B. The Faras-Nama-E Rangin or The Book Of The Horse
London Bernard Quaritch 1911 First Edition Hardcover Good No Jacket Book Illustrated 
Solid copy in olive cloth boards, frt bd ruled in gilt with ornate blindstamped image of man riding a very ornately dressed horse, holding a falcon on his right arm. The gilt title on spine is legible, but barely: An Urdu Treatise on the Horse imprinted at the head, Translated by D. C. Philllott in center of backstrip and 1911 in gilt at foot. TEG, others trimmed. Cloth mottled and discolored on periphery, concentrating at the foot of spine. 1/2 in tear in cloth at frt and rear gutter, with cloth pulled and frayed only at head of spine. Bd tips bumped with rub at frt bd fore edge, others showing color loss but no rub through. Book now sleeved in heavy archival, removable mylar. 84 pp. All in all a very presentable copy of a very rare treatise on horsemanship dating back to 1200 BC. Endpps age toned, vintage Oxford bookstore sticker on frt pastdn. Provenance of this volume is from the library of Dr. William Lay, former MFH of the Oakbrook Hounds, IL. and bears his name/addy stamp on both endpps and pastdns, and one personal stamp on the lower margin of one inner page affecting no type. Frt hinge fine, rear inner hinge paper has a 2 in. crack in the center of the page, but all pages holding fine. Only the tissue guard on the frontis is half detached, plate is secure and going nowhere. 19 pg intro followed by 83 pgs of text. Frontis glossy plate and two line drawings in the text. Translated from the Urdu by Lieut.-Colonel D. C. Phillott, F.A.S.B. Secretary and Members Board of Examiners Calcutta; Fellow of the Calcutta University; Editor of the Faras-Nama of Hashimi, etc. Translator has dedicated this book to The Lord St. Davids In Memory of Bygone Days (as printed, not handwritten). Book was printed for Bernard Quaritch, 11 Grafton St, London by Norman and Son, Floral Street, Covent Garden London and bears a lovely acorn/oak leaf BQ crest on last page. From the translators intro: No Eastern treatise on the horse would be complete without a reference to some of the traditions regarding its origin. The present treatise, written by an Indian Muslim, deals with the Indian horse chiefly from a Muslim point of view. But, before giving an account of the Muslim traditions regarding the horse, I am tempted to say something gathered from Hindu writings. Phillpott then goes on in his 19 pg intro to discuss the very particular details of what a quality horse should look & behave like. He also shares the Hindu mythology of the four origins, castes or types of horses. By Hindus, horses are divided into four great castes: Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaishya, and Shudra. The horse that buries its muzzle up to the eyes when drinking is a Brahman; that which paws the ground while drinking is a Kshatriya; that which sucks in the water is a Vaishya; and that which shies at water and backs from it is a Shudra. The Brahman horse is brave in battle; the Kshatriya horse, even if it breaks down by riding, bears its master to the end of the stage; the Vaishya horse gallops and shies; the Shudra horse is a coward in war, throws its master in fight, and flees away, terrified. Just a brief sample of the fascinating reading within. Chapters include: Intro/ Reason for Writing The Book/ On the Points (WASF) of Horses/ On "Feathers"/ Traditional Defects/ On Spavin, Etc/ Eyesores and Defects/ On the Colours and Marks in Horses/ The Five Common Defects/ On the Best Breeding Districts (KHET) in India/ To Ascertain the Age of a Horse/ On the Treatment of Diseases/ The Treatment of the Foal/ On the Eight Forms of Colic (Kurkuri) and their Treatment/ Tetanus (Chandni-zada, adj., and Chandni, subs.)/ Chest-Founder (Chhati-band or Sina-band, adj.)/ Canker of the Foot/ Miscellaneous (4 chapters)/ On Ratib, Halwa and Khir/ Conclusion/ Appendix A: Signs Language and Jargon/ Appendix B: Miscellaneous Notes and Receipts from Various Indian Sources/ Appendix C: Vocabulary of Technical Terms. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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