SAUNIER, Jean and Gaspard de. La Parfaite Connoissance des Chevaux, leur anatomie, leurs bonnes & mauvaises qualitez, leurs maladies & les remedes qui y conviennent The Hague: Adrien Moetjens. 1734.
Folio. Contemporary full mottled calf, blind fillets to sides, spine with raised bands, tooled in blind, red morocco gilt lettering piece to second compartment; pp. [vi] + 256 + 8, frontispiece portrait of author, 61 plates; binding a little rubbed with some loss to foot of spine and to corners, occasional light foxing, previous owner's signature to ffep, very good.
First edition. A richly illustrated work of equine anatomy and hippiatrics, written by the inspector of the King of France's High Stable and edited by his son, the riding-master at the Academy of the University of Leiden. It is unusual to see a copy in such an untouched contemporary binding. The plates by Francois Morellon La Cave, among others, show great attention to detail as well as a flair for dramatic composition.