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LAFOSSE, Philippe Étienne (1738-1820). Cours d'hippiatrique, ou traité complet de la médecine des chevaux. Paris: Seneuze for Edme and the author, 1772.
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LAFOSSE, Philippe Étienne (1738-1820). Cours d'hippiatrique, ou traité complet de la médecine des chevaux. Paris: Seneuze for Edme and the author, 1772.

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LAFOSSE, Philippe Étienne (1738-1820). Cours d'hippiatrique, ou traité complet de la médecine des chevaux. Paris: Seneuze for Edme and the author, 1772.

2° (503 x 332mm). Half-title. Engraved frontispiece by B.L. Prevost after Sullier, engraved portrait frontispiece by J. Baptiste Michel after Harguinier, 56 engraved plates in 2 states, uncoloured and hand-coloured with heightening gum arabic, by B. Michel Adam [femme Fessard], F.A. Aveline, C. Baquoy, Benard, Ch. Beulier, L. Bosse, Prevost and others after Harguinier, Lafosse, Saullier, 19 folding, engraved title vignette by and after Prevost, 8 engraved headpieces by Delaunay, Hubert, Levilain, Lucas, Mlle Massard, Mesnil, Michel after Le Carpentier, type-ornament headpieces, woodcut tailpieces and initials. (Occasional light spotting, a few gatherings lightly browned.) Early 19th-century French russia gilt by Joseph Thouvenin, the covers with ruled borders, gilt turn-ins, the flat spine gilt in compartments, lettered in one, the others filled with foliate rolls (a few light scuffmarks, light superficial cracking on joints), gilt edges. Provenance: 19th-century bookseller's description in French tipped onto front free endpaper -- Beriah Botfield bought from Payne & Fosse for £12.0.0 'FINE COPY FROM THE NOAILLES COLLECTION' (P.& F. Acquisitions list p.56).

FIRST EDITION. A FINELY BOUND COPY WITH THE PLATES IN TWO STATES. 'Ouvrage fort bien éxecuté et qui a été longtemps le meilleur que l'on eût sur cette science' (Brunet). Cours d'hippiatrique is distinguished not only by Lafosse's anatomical skill and knowledge of equitation (gained through both study and practice of the subject), but also by the excellence of its execution: 'Les pl[anches] dessinées par Harguiniez [sic] ... sont finement coloriées et renferment une très grande quantité de fig[ures]: Ce livre est un véritable monument élevé à l'Hippologie. Papier, impression, dessin, gravure, sont également signés' (Mennessier de la Lance). This copy was bound by Joseph Thouvenin (1791-1834), who 'fait montre d'une grande habileté technique qui suscite l'enthousiasme d'une clientèle très importante [which included the duchesse de Berry], certains bibliophiles le célébrant en termes dithyrambiques' (Paul Culot Relieurs et reliures décorées en France à l'époque romantique (Brussels: 1995, p.560). The present binding can be dated to the years between 1820 (when he began to use the stamp 'THOUVENIN' with which this binding is signed) and his death in 1834. Brunet III, 765; Cohen-de Ricci col.587; Huth p.46; Mellon Books on Horses and Horsemanship 61; Mennessier de la Lance II, pp.20-21; Nissen ZBI 2360.
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