Earliest depiction of a a lady sitting astride the horse

Pons-d'Hostun, L[ouis] H[enri]. L'écuyer des dames, ou lettres sur l'équitation.

Paris, Huzard, 1806.

8vo. (4), II, 140 pp. With 3 engr. plates by Horace Vernet. Contemporary straight-grained red morocco, elaborately gilt on covers and spine; leading edges and inner dentelle gilt. Blue endpapers. All edges gilt.

 7,500.00

First edition of this manual of riding instruction for ladies. The fine engravings by the young Horace Vernet (1789-1863), later the 19th century's foremost master of equestrian illustration, include the earliest depiction of a lady sitting astride the horse. A second edition was published in 1817. The author, Louis Henri II, marquis de Pons d'Hostun (1750-1820?), was inspired by the works of Newcastle and La Guérinière. Exceedingly rare; a sumptuously bound copy.

Schrader 1452. Mennessier de la Lance 336. Huth 75.

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