Amsterdam and Leipzig: Arkstee et Merkus, 1764. Second Edition, in French only. Hardcover. Oblong Quarto. (4) 52 (2)pp., 9 plates, two of them folding. Bound in full brown morocco with gilt and blind-tooling to covers, gilt lettering and ruling on spine. Title page printed in red and black, with publisher's device. Dedication to her Majesty. Paper washed and rebound with plate one being an enlarged facsimile of the original plate, printed on contemporary paper. Second edition of one of the seminal eighteenth-century horse books. One hundred and nineteen images on nine plates by Baron D'Eisenberg, engraved by Bernard Picard. Von Eisenberg was a well respected horseman and artist. He became a renowned écuyer and trainer throughout Europe.
Beginning his career in the court of the German Saxe-Weimar royal family, from there on to Italy and the stables of the Count of Daun, Viceroy of Naples, and then to Vienna to study with Johann Christoph Regner von Regenthal, director of the Spanish Riding School. Von Eisenberg served as director and first rider at the riding academies of Luneville, France, and that of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in Pisa. He was riding master to the Austrian Court of the Habsburgs under Charles VI and Francis I. His famous book The Art of Riding a Horse he dedicated to King Louis XV of France and the second edition of this work was dedicated to King George II of England.
An improved guide to the understanding of the anatomy of a beautiful horses as well as their hidden shortcomings and deformities, illustrated on nine plates containing one hundred and nineteen images with descriptive text in the most accurate manner and from experience. Includes references to various horse breeds and intricacies of determining a horse's quality. The author expresses his hopes that this guide may be useful to the horse lover when considering the purchase of a horse. Table of articles and plates at rear. Text in French. near fine. Item #47438