8vo, pp. 63, [1 (blank)]; printed in red and black on coarse paper with 12 woodcut illustrations printed in red; a very good copy in publisher’s cloth with image printed in brown, top-edge stained red, pictorial dust-wrapper in red and brown; wrapper a little dust-stained with ink-splash and short tear; front free endpaper inscribed ‘To Han, Who loves riding, from her German Friend Wilhelm Ernst, 1938-39’, with a Munich postcard and letter addressed to the same, the latter dated 5th January 1939.
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Du und Dein Pferd: Ein anmutiges, belehrendes, und ergötzliches Brevier für Reiter, Pferdefreunde, und solche, die es werden wollen. Mit 12 Zeichnungen.
First edition (seventh to tenth thousand) of a charmingly illustrated work. The collection of short pieces of poetry and prose relating to horses, gathered from sources ranging from Shakespeare and Goethe to Xenophon and the Koran, is illustrated by the German artist Renée Sintenis (1888–1965), best known for her sculptures of horses.
The present copy is a pre-War gift from an unidentified Münchner, Wilhelm Ernst, to his American friend Han, accompanied by a letter detailing the book’s appeal: ‘The one is a little book for riding people: Du und Dein Pferd (Thou and Thine Horse) and because you are a riding Lady, so I thought it would be a good present for Han. You must know, that I especially like these pictures of Rene [sic] Sintenis, who is a paintress in Germany I revere very deeply, because she has such a tender, lovely style and such a fine feeling for youth and nature’s beauty. This living mobility of her modells [sic] I admire very much. I think, you will like it too.’
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