1788 · London:
by [GAMBADO, Geoffrey, pseudonym, possibly for Francis Grose] BUNBURY, William Henry (artist).
London:: Printed for W. Dickinson, S. Hooper, & Messrs. Robinsons, 1788., 1788. Wove paper issue. Folio. 330 x2325mm. Collation: [¹]4, B2-4, B-G4. Pagination: xx, 38 pp. 13 stipple-engraved plates by W. Dickinson after W.H. Bunbury (1750-1811); cellophane tape repair applied to p.37, lightly spotted or foxed. [TOGETHER WITH]: An academy for grown horsemen; containing the completest instructions for walking, trotting, cantering, galloping, stumbling and tumbling: The annals of horsemanship: containing accounts of accidental experiments and experimental accidents, both successful and unsuccessful communicated by various correspondents to the author, Geoffrey Gambado, Esq. . . . Illustrated with cuts, by the most eminent artists. London: Printed for W. Dickinson, S. Hooper, & Messrs. Robinsons, 1788; London: Printed for W. Dickinson, . . . and J. Archer, and R. White, Dublin, 1791. Folio. 330 x2325mm. Collation: Pagination: xvii, , 81,  pp. 17 large stipple-engraved plates (including frontispiece). Final leaf contains errata and the instructions to the binder, publisher's ads; numerous, but careful cellophane tape repairs to margins, B2 corner creased. Both volumes bound to match in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, gilt-stamped spines, red morocco gilt-title labels; spine ends heavily chipped, joints worn, cords holding, edges scuffed. Old signature on t.p. of Alexander Irving. minor foxing. At the end is an ORIGINAL CARICATURE DRAWING in Bunbury's style: one original drawing [257 x 205mm] by "Mr. Ross a caricaturist in Aberdeen" of Sandilands. A note below reads "This work having been lent to Alex Milne (brother of the late M. Milne of Crimonmogate) he sent it back with this drawing of the late P. Sandilands on horseback drawn by Mr Ross a caricaturist in Aberdeen 50 years ago--C.I. 1844." Alexander Milne, a merchant of Aberdeen, was owner of Crimonmogate. See: John Kay, A series of original portraits and caricature etchings. Edinburgh, 1838. 27 STIPPLE-ENGRAVINGS OF CARICATURES DEPICTING HORSEMANSHIP, WITH AN ORIGINAL DRAWING. Second edition of the ACADEMY and first edition of the ANNALS; complete with a full suite of the classic amusing 27 stipple-engraved plates showing horsemanship scenes of mis-deads, poking fun with charm and the rye sense of Holbein; in fact he is sometimes called 'the second Holbein.' The plate "How to ride a Horse upon three legs" shows the rider's foot and the horse's hoof both in the stirrup, giving the illusion that the horse has but three legs. Bunbury, Henry William 1750-1811, amateur artist and caricaturist "Bunbury owed much during his lifetime to the charm of a genial nature, and to his position as a man of family and education. West flattered him, and Walpole enthusiastically compared him to Hogarth. He was the friend of Goldsmith, Garrick, and Reynolds, and the favourite of the Duke and Duchess of York, to whom in 1787 he was appointed equerry. All this, coupled with the facts that he was seldom, if ever, personal, and wholly abstained from political subjects, greatly aided his popularity with the printsellers and the public of his day, and secured his admission, as an honorary exhibitor, to the walls of the Academy, where between 1780 and 1808 his works frequently appeared. But, as an artist, he remained an amateur until his death; and his designs. . . must be admitted to be inferior in humour to Rowlandson's and in satire to Gillray's. Nevertheless, they are not without a good deal of grotesque drollery of the rough-and-ready kind in vogue towards the end of the last century that is to say, drollery depending in a great measure for its laughable qualities upon absurd contrasts, ludicrous distortions, horseplay, and personal misadventure." – DNB. REFERENCES: ESTC t12225. Huth 52; UCBA I,633; Lowndes 860; Graesse III, 22; John B. Podeschi, Books on the horse and horsemanship 1400-1941: riding, hunting, breeding and racing, (London: Tate Gallery, 1981), 90 (1809 ed.). (Inventory #: LV2073)