George Stubbs – Anatomy of the Horse – 1899 – The Plates are from the original Copper Plates.
Published by Gibbings and Company, Limited,in London in 1899, from the original copper plates of the 18 images. The book is large, measuring 17 3/8″ by 11 1/2″ and has 147+ pages. The paper is quite heavy, the Plates of horse anatomy are fine and clear, the binding is red cloth with green-gray spine and gold lettering. This is a rare edition, with few ever available on the market. Minor foxing and in very good condition for age as we have sold about twelve of this book of various ages.
Sir Alfred Munnings stated ‘ This is the most unique thing of its type ever compiled’. A lifetimes ambition for Stubbs himself, in 1756 he rented a farmhouse in the village of Horkstow, Lincolnshire, and spent 18 months dissecting horses, assisted by his common-law wife, Mary Spencer. He moved to London in about 1759 and in 1766 published The anatomy of the Horse. The original drawings are now in the collection of the Royal Academy. This book includes a particular description of the bones, cartilages, muscles, fascias, ligaments, nerves, arteries, veins and glands.