Cours d’équitation militaire, a l’usage des corps de troupes a cheval, approuvé par s. exc. le ministre de la guerre.

Saumur, H. Fournier for A. Degouy and Névo-Degouy, and Paris, Anselin, 1830.

2 vols, 8vo, pp. I: viii, 408, II: [4], 356; with 18 large folding copper-engraved plates (numbered I-XVI, XIV bis and XVI bis) bound with vol. I, without the 4 plates to vol. II; very slight spotting, plates creased with dust-staining, a few marginal stains, and chipping at edges (pl. XI torn along one fold), indentations to vol. I gutter with a few short tears; a good set in contemporary French sheep-backed boards with marbled sides, spines gilt-ruled in compartments and lettered directly in gilt; rubbed, corners bumped, lower board of vol. I warped and pushed from shoulder by folded plates.


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First edition of an encyclopædic work on horsemanship for the use of the French cavalry, with the suite of plates. ‘L’ouvrage est en effet une veritable encyclopédie hippique : hippologie, extérieur, emploi à la selle, au trait et au bat, alimentation, hygiène, maladies et accidens, haras et remontes. Dans les ouvrages postérieurs, cette confusion a disparu et on a séparé avec raison l’Equitation de l’Hippologie et de l’Elevage du cheval.’ (Mennessier de la Lance).

Though here bound at the rear of the first volume, the large copper-engraved plates by Aubry and Adam are more often found separately as an ‘atlas’, absent from most sets.

Mennessier de la Lance I, p. 320 (as two volumes with separate Atlas); not in Dejager; not in Dingley; not in Mellon.

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