A General System of Horsemanship (Allen's Classic)

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"The Allen Classic Series" brings together in a collected edition, important out-of-print works of equestrian scholarship which would otherwise be inaccessible to the dedicated enthusiast. This classic work is both one of the most beautiful books on horses ever published and a highly significant landmark in the development of equestrian technique and literature. "The General System" dates from William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle's exile in Europe with Charles II during the Cromwellian rebellion. It was first published in 1658 in a French translation, and illustrated with 42 superb engravings of horses which also accompanied this English language edition almost a century later. The book has long been esteemed; both for content and beauty, and both of the illustrated editions have become virtually unobtainable in recent years. Though some of Newcastle's methods may appear archaic today, his emphasis on systematic and humane training was revolutionary for its era and his teaching generally has exerted a lasting and far-reaching influence on the whole art of riding. His writing style is not quite contemporary but it is still full of wit as well as wisdom and at least as easy to read as, say, Dryden or Jonson (of whom Newcastle was a patron). All in all, there is nothing like this book in print in English today - the perfect gift for horse-lover, art lover or bibliophile.

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This classic work is not only one of the most beautiful books on horses ever published, but also a landmark in the development of equestrian technique. William Cavendishıs emphasis on systematic and humane training was revolutionary for its era, and his teaching has exerted a lasting and far-reaching influence on the art of riding. A General System of Horsemanship was first published in a French edition in 1658, illustrated with 42 superb engravings, all of which accompany this edition. William Cavendish (1593­1676), the Earl, Marquis, and Duke of Newcastle, was one of the most accomplished men of his era.

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William Cavendish (1593-1676), the Earl, Marquis and Duke of Newcastle, was one of themost acomplished men of his era. Both highly educated and passionate about horses, his "A General System of Horsemanship" constitutes nothing less than a labour of love by one of the ablest minds of the age. He devoted himself to riding and writing until his death at the age of 83. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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