[Saumur, France: H. Lavergne, 1923; 1938].
Author's proof copy of an unpublished work on the sport of polo, with extensive annotations and additions. Duplicated typescript, with illustrations in text, extra-illustrated with 10 photographs (several annotated) and 2 original gouache illustrations, inserted autograph note by Louis, Lord Mountbatten. 52 pp., with 13 pp. duplicated typescript notes on training polo mounts, dated Saumur, Mars 1923, loosely inserted at back. 1 vols. Small 4to. Card covers with manuscript title and pictorial onlay on upper cover and inside lower cover. Covers detached (spine perished), internally near fine. Cloth box. Item #305461
Capitaine Lavergne was an écuyer (instructor) in the Cadre noir at the French military riding academy, the École Nationale d'Équitation at Saumur. He also competed in international equestrian events, and in 1938 finished second to the great French horseman André Jousseaume in the dressage event at the London Horse Show. Lavergne's book on polo was never published, as he was wounded in a cavalry charge shortly after the outbreak of the war in September 1939, and died in a prisoner-of-war camp in 1943.
The work is divided into five chapters: Historique du jeu; Le cheval de Polo - son dressage; Le joueur - le Style; Le Jeu (Principes; Le jeu de chaque numéro; le jeu de l'Equipe); Le règlement. The inserted photographs include a mounted rider on Belésis, pur-sang anglais; a signed portrait photograph of Henri Couturié up, dated 1933; a photograph of a military polo team (Saumur?), captioned in pencil; a scene from a polo match captioned Le Breil, summer 1939; two small pictures of the “Four Ashton Brothers, Hurlingham, 1938” and match play there; “Ecole 8 Angers Dinan 3, 1936, Coupe de l’Intransigeant”; France Argentine, Bagatelle 27 juin 1936, note in pencil, Cavalerie du team argentin vainqueur des olympiades de Berlin 1936; group of 11 polo players, summer 1939, identified in ink.
Fascinating and evidently unpublished.
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