Seven hand-colored engraved plates showing methods of riding and training horses. Horsemanship.
Seven hand-colored engraved plates showing methods of riding and training horses

Splendid Equitation Color Engravings, ca. 1705

Seven hand-colored engraved plates showing methods of riding and training horses.

London: H. Bonwicke and others, 1705.

From an Engligh translation of George Guillet's Les Arts de l'Homme d'Epée ou le Dictionnaire du Gentilhomme, Paris 1678. 1 vols. Each approximately 3 x 4-1/2 inches; matted together and framed to 40-1/2 x 13-1/4 inches overall. Splendid Equitation Color Engravings, ca. 1705. Item #42212

The science of equitation and the means of teaching it developed primarily in 16th century Italy, and moved northward through Europe to England in the ensuing centuries. As time went on, techniques were refined, but the plates in early Italian and Continental manuals, such as this one, have seldom been equaled, much less surpassed.

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