Histoire Pittoresque de L'Equitation Ancienne et Moderne.
Folio (55 x 40 cm). Two parts in one volume. Engr. title printed in red and black, list of plates, 24 hand-coloured lithographs. Contemporary French red half roan by Meslant with his stamp at the spine foot, flat spine lettered and tooled in gilt, marbled boards and endpapers.
First edition: the hand-coloured copy of the Duke of Orleans, in a signed binding by Meslant, celebrated court binder of the Empire period. The Duke is listed as co-publisher on the engraved title.
Some spotting to text leaves, one plate with old repair in the bottom margin, others repaired in the inside margin, some plates slightly and evenly yellowed. Extremities rubbed, corners scuffed with some surface loss. Provenance: Ferdinand Phillipe, Duke of Orleans (1810-42; title-stamp of his military library).
Mennessier de la Lance I, 41. Huth 121.