The Royal Danish Stud

Gebauer, Christian David. Det Kongelige danske Stutteri.

Kopenhagen, Königl. Kunstakademie, 1822(-1827).

Oblong large folio (570 x 419 mm). Lithographed illustrated title, 2 ff. of text, 16 mostly coloured lithogr. plates showing horses (c. 33 x 45 cm, paper dimensions c. 40 x 55 cm; some with borders), 5 (instead of 6) ff. of descriptive letterpress text (the missing page supplied in ink). Contemporary half calf with giltstamped spine label.


Extremely rare and early series of lithographs. The large and appealingly coloured plates depict important stallions and mares from the famous Danish Royal Stud at Frederiksborg (Pegasus, Flink, Zephir, Palnatoke, and Velskat, among others). All horses are branded with a monogram and often also with the crown. The publication was originally planned to comprise 12 issues of 4 plates each but no more than the first four were produced.

Two plates are trimmed and mounted on different backing paper (one with a repaired tear). Text shows foxing, but plates are generally clean. Binding somewhat rubbed and bumped at extremeties, with damage to spine.

Nissen 1499. Not in Schwerdt or Mennessier de la Lance.