first edition With numerous illustrations in text. Pp. -2, 3-iv, 5-64. 1 vols. 8vo
1885 · Buffalo
by Gleason, Oscar R.
Buffalo: The Courier Company, Printers. Office of the Daily Courier, 197 Main Street, 1885. First edition. With numerous illustrations in text. Pp. -2, 3-iv, 5-64. 1 vols. 8vo. Grey lithographic wrappers with portrait of Prof. O. R. Gleason, The Celebrated Horse educator" on upper cover, "O.R. Gleason's Travelling Outfit in 1879-80" on lower cover. Some chipping along fore edge of wrappers, spine (unprinted) with small losses. Pencil marks on upper portion of title page, else very clean internally. Pencil ownership signature "From the Library of Wm. M. Burr & R.L. Hubbard, Aug. 1922". Very good plus. First edition. With numerous illustrations in text. Pp. -2, 3-iv, 5-64. 1 vols. 8vo. The Professor's First Horse Book. Earliest recorded form of Gleason's Horse Book (1892), a perennial favorite of the 1890s and turn of the 20th century. The inside front cover of this copy includes an announcement of Gleason's daily exhibitions and A Scientific Lecture on "How to Shoe Your Horse": "One great feature of the Professor's system is the fact that animals can be taught to understand our language perfectly
Wells 2885 cites a Handbook of Horsemanship (a 95-page pamphlet printed in Buffalo the same year) but does not cite this edition.
Gleason proposes a three-part approach to training horses: unconditional control; kindness; and appealing to the horse's sense of understanding: "rebuke wrong, and reward right". Pp. 54-64 deal with training dogs and diseases of the dog.
Scarce. Not in Wells. One copy only in OCLC 150562876 (Calgary)
(Inventory #: 238063)