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"The Instruction Of Roy, In The Practice Of Riding A Horse"
Folio; cotemporary red morocco, spine with nerves, triple gilt fillet on the covers, gilt edges. Frontispiece-title (dated 1629), engraved title, (2) dedication pages, 3 portraits of Louis XIII, René de Menou, and Pluvinel, (1) p.Privilège(on the front of the 2nd portrait), (1), p.Table des figures(on the front of the 3rd portrait), (1) p, 207 pp., and 58 double-page plates beautifully engraved on copper by Crispin de Pas, including 6 bits. The portrait of Roger de Bellegarde is missing as often happens. Small lack of paper restored page 191, with a slight impairment of the text. Some small defects (plates pp 90 and 111 with slightly shorter margins, small restorations to a few plates and sheets, stain plate 108).

Born in Crest, Valentinois, Antoine de Pluvinel (1555-1620) was sent very young to Italy where he was trained in the equestrian arts by the riding master Giovanni Battista Pignatelli (C.1525-C.1600). On his return to France, he was appointed first squire of the King's brother, the future Henry III.
In 1594, under Henry IV, he was authorized by his former friend the Knight of Sainct-Antoine to establish his own riding academy. Antoine de Pluvinel is a supporter of a new method of dressage which advocates relaxation rather than constraint and seeks to make the horse work "the brain more than the kidneys or the legs". One of his rules: "One must be stingy with blows and generous in caresses in order, as he will always say, to force the horse to obey and to handle for pleasure rather than for pain".
Antoine de Pluvinel died in 1620 without being able to publish his work. A first version was published in 1623 under the title "Le Maneige royal" on the initiative of the draughtsman and engraver Crispian de Pas and J.-D. Peyrol, his former valet. A second version, with a text of higher quality, by René de Menou Charnizay and written in the form of dialogues between the young King Louis XIII, and his riding master, was published in 1625 under the title "L'Instruction du Roy en l'exercice de monter à cheval" with the splendid double-page illustrations in a neat frame by Crispijn (van) de Passe le jeune (ca1597-1670).

Brunet IV, 749; Mennecier de La Lance II, 330
Price : 9000 €
Artist : Pluvinel Antoine
Period:16th century
Style:Other Style
Condition : Très bon

Material : Papier

Reference : 744789
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