Dublin: Thomas Burnside, 1802. [Equestrian] IRISH IMPRINT, FINELY BOUND. The Eighth edition. Octavo (22 x 14cm), pp.xvi; 197; . In an elegant twentieth century binding by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Green half morocco over green cloth boards, gilt titles to spine, top edge gilt. Illustrated with a frontispiece silhouette of Astley and nine engraved plates. Small slightly rough stub before the frontispiece, possibly from a removed blank. Internally very clean with just the occasional mark and crease to corners. Edges toned. Binding lightly handled and marked, sunned to spine. An attractive bright copy in a quality later binding. Very good. Following service in the Seven Years War, Astley returned to the UK where he set up a riding school and later became known as the "father of the modern circus" due to his displays of trick riding at Astley's Amphitheatre which was referenced by authors such as Dickens, Austen, and Thackeray. Item #54454
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