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1 De Pluvinel, Antoine The Maneige Royal Translated Into English and with an Introduction by Hilda Nelson
London J. A. Allen & Co. , Ltd. 1989 085131452X / 9780851314525 First Edition Thus Hardcover New in New dust jacket Illustrated by Grispin De Pas 
Plain, cardboard slipcase. Very oversized. Cover is cloth with gold lettering on the spine, b/w facsimile on the front. Pages are clean and tight. This is a NEW book. Lavishly illustrated with dozens of b/w facsimile engravings by Grispin de Pas, the younger; many of them full page sized. Originally published by JA Allen, in French, in 1969. Based on the 1626 edition printed by Gottfried Muller in Braunschweig, Germany. "...although horsemanship as an art form was rediscovered in the 16th century in Italy with the creation of the Neapolitan Riding School, it was 17th century France that gave the equestrian art its particular direction and imprint, paralleling the development and hegemony of French Classicism in other fields of endeavor. This change in spirit and goals is especially evident in Antoine de Pluvinel [1555-1620], gentilhomme dauphinois, ecuyer principal, Conseiller en son Conseil d'Etat, Chambellan ordinaire, and sous-Gouverneur, to Louis XIII, as well as author of Maneige Royal [1623] and L'Instruction du Roy, En l'Exercise de Monter a cheval [1625], manuals on the training of horse and rider. While continuing in the tradition of the Neapolitan Riding School and acknowledging its contributions, Pluvinel...was able to liberate himself from many of the strictures and ideals of the Renaissance. Furthermore, his return to the gentle ways of Xenophon [written about 400 BCE] in the training of horse and rider, and in his stress of such ideals as moderation, harmony, order and biensance, Pluvinel represents the Classical Humanism of the 17th century far more than the Humanism of his own age, the Renaissance...Of what, then, does good horsemanship consist? The answer, given by Pluvinel when the King asks him what he expects of a pupil, is 'that he be a graceful horseman' and eventually, it is hoped, 'a judicious horseman', ..Especially important are Pluvinel's contributions to the humane treatment of the horse and young rider with his method of 'gentling' rather than 'breaking'. Includes a glossary. One of the great classical works in riding theory, much of which still holds true today; the more things change the more they stay the same. A fabulous dressage book, for the theory discussed, as well as for the magnificent copper-plate engravings. This book holds an important place in my own dressage library. 6#. ; B&W Illustrations; 12 1/2 x 9 1/2; 170 pages 
Price: 447.75 USD
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