D'EISENBERG, Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von (c. 1700-1770)
L'Art de Monter a Cheval, ou Description du Manege Moderne, dans sa perfection ... Nouvelle Edition Augmentée d'un Dictionnaire des Termes du Manege Moderne, Amsterdam & Leipzig, Chez Arkstée et Merkus, 1759, & Anti-Maquignonage pour eviter la surprise dans l'emplette des chevaux; ou l'on traite de leur perfection et de leurs defauts,
Amsterdam & Leipzig: Chez Arkstée et Merkus, 1747-1764. Oblong folio. (10 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches). Engraved title, dedication, advertisement leaf. 56 pages of text plus a list of plates and 59 PLATES - COMPLETE. The plates are 4 of bits and 55 of horses and riders. Plates engraved by Bernard Picart.
Handsomely leather bound in full period calf.
One of the seminal decorative eighteenth-century horse books.
The earlier edition of this work was titled "Description du Manege Moderne." This second issue comes with a Dictionnaire des Termes dated 1747 with title and 76 pages. This copy comes with an additional title: "Anti-Maquignonage pour eviter la surprise dans l'emplette des chevaux...," dated 1764 with title in red and black, dedication, 52 (1) pages and 7 of 9 plates. The Baron Eisenberg, a German horseman and artist, spent some of his youth at the stables of Saxe-Weimar before entering into the service of the Emperor. He then spent six years in Naples as the Master of Horse of the Viceroy before returning to Vienna where he studied under M. de Regenthal, the imperial Master of Horse. He participated in the coronation of the Emperor Charles V at Frankfurt in 1711, then spent some time in England, but was back in Germany before 1753. He probably died in Tuscany where he was Director and Master of the Horse at the Academy in Pisa.
Mennessier de la Lance I, 438; Cohen-de Ricci 345; Lipperheide 2919; Nissen ZBI 1264.