École de cavalerie, contenant la conoissance, l’instruction, et la conservation de cheval.
LA GUERINIERE, Francois Robichon de. Paris, Collombat, 1733.
Folio. Contemporary calf. With 15 engraved plates (3 double-page, some folding), 8 full-page engraved illustrations in the text, 5 engraved vignettes, and several headpieces and initials, all hand-coloured.
The rare first edition of one of the most beautiful books on horses. “Un des plus beaux ouvrages qui aient paru en France sur le cheval” (Mennessier de la Lance). An outstanding collector’s item by virtue of the paper, composition, and the beautiful engravings by Charles Parrocel. The engravings, in charming colour, show horsemen, bridles, saddles, horseshoes, the horse’s skeleton, etc. Different collations provided by various bibliographies are due to the fact that the illustration “Allures naturelles”, here a double plate, is usually divided into two parts.