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Also pictured here is a page from a 17th century German large folio manuscript of 31pp entitled “Kurzer Extract von Säumung der Pferdt” – a treatise on bits made up of 29 full-page watercolour illustrations of different types and brief commentaries on their use. A little dampstained to one corner, this manuscript in near contemporary boards was sold for £1400 in the May 24 Continental Books sale at Sotheby’s (buyer's premium 17.5/15/10 per cent).

Sold for £4200 in that same Sotheby’s sale was a 16th century Italian manuscript containing within its 342pp, over 300 drawings of horse brands used by Italian secular and ecclesiastical nobility.