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Ecole De Cavalerie; Contenant la Connoissance, L'Instruction, Et La Conservation Du Cheval. Par M. De La Gueriniere, Ecuyer du Roi. Tome Premier. (Second.)

François Robichon de La Gueriniere

RA Collection: Book

Record number




A Paris,: Par la Compagnie. -, M. DCC. LIV. Avec Approbation Et Privilege Du Roi.

Physical Description

2 vols. in one; 190 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: [14], 318, [2] p., add. engr. t.pl., port., [29] pl. (incl. one fold.) - Vol. II: [4], 299, [1] p., [3] fold. pl. (No plate carries a plate-number, but each carries the number of the page next to which it is to be bound [Vol. I. p. 57, 73, 88, 137, 139, 139, 141, 141, 142, 145, 147, 149, 149, 151, 151, 194, 197, 203, 204, 216, 223, 223, 227, 234, 241, 258, 271, 271, 302; Vol. II. p. 1, 1, 23]).


Vol. I: [Port., add. engr. t.pl., t.p.] - [List of publishers] - [Dedic.] - Preface - Approbation (1750); Privilege Du Roy (1750) - [Text and plates] - Table Des Chapitres Et Articles Contenus dans ce premier Volume. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p.] - [List of publishers] - [Text and plates] - Table Des Chapitres Et Articles Contenus dans ce second Volume - Table Alphabetique Des Maladies Et Des Remedies Contenus dans ce second Volume.

Responsibility Note

The publishers are listed on the versos of the title pages as: 'Chez { Desaint & Saillant, rue St. Jean de Beauvais. Prault, fils aîné, Quai de Conti. Ganeau, rue Saint Severin. Durand, rue du Foin. Delormel, rue du Foin. Hochereau, aîné, Quai de Conti. Robustel, Quai des Augustins. Pissot, Quai de Conti.'

The portrait of Gueriniere in Vol. I is signed as painted by Toquet and engraved by S.H. Thomassin. The added engraved title-plate of Vol. I is signed as designed by C. Parrocel and engraved by B. Audran. Most other plates are signed as designed and engraved by C. Parrocel, but some as engraved by Dheulland, Tardieu, N. Dupuis, Beauvais or L. Desplaces.

Three headpieces are signed as made by Papillon.

The work is dedicated by De La Gueriniere to Prince Charles De Lorraine, Comte D'Armagnac &c.


A survey was J.B. Podeschi, Sport In Art And Books The Paul Mellon Collection Books On The Horse And Horsemanship ... 1400-1941 (1981).

Summary Note

The work had first been published in folio in 1733.

It was one of the most influential books on horsemanship and dressage. The author writes of such exercises as the 'shoulder-in' (which he is thought to have invented), the 'flying change' and 'counter-canter'. He sometimes refers to the work of William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle.

The plates designed by Parrocel probably reproduce those of the first edition, which were provided by him.


The front pastedown is inscribed in pencil, 'S: A: H', i.e. S. A. Hart RA, Librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81. Purchased for RA Library in 1871 (see 'Library Report for the Year 1871', RA Annual Report, Appendix No. 7, p. 28).

Binding Note

19th-century quarter green morocco, green marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'École De Cavalerie De La Guerriniere'.


Horsemanship - Dressage - Riding - Horses - Animals - Sports - France - History - 18th century
Manuals - Instructional materials - France - 18th century
Pictorial works - France - 18th century