Lot 240: Pluvinels Instruction du Roy. First edition illustrated by Merian

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

June 19, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: MISCELLANEA - HORSES - PLUVINEL, Antoine de. L'instruction du roy en l'exercice de monter à cheval [...]. Frankfurt, Erasmus Kempff & Matthäus Merian, 1628. Folio. Contemp. full vellum with (later) green ties, gilt ornaments and coats of arms on covers (upper edge back cover sl. affected by fire and stained). Free endpapers sl. worn, with additional engraved title, engraved illustration on dedication page and portrait of the author. Profusely illustrated with 57 double-page engraved plates by Merian after Crispian de Pas (plate 50 misbound after the last one, 2 plates with small marginal tears, some plates vaguely waterstained (mainly in margins), else in good condition), decorated with woodcut headpieces, initials and vignettes throughout. Text pages browned, occasional offsetting, but all plates fresh, fine copy. Complete. (16), 144 pp.
Provenance: Private collection; Koller, Zurich, 1999
First edition illustrated by Merian. Plates unusually fresh.
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