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GRISONE, Federigo.
Gli ordini di cavalcare.
Naples, Giovan Paulo Suganappo, 1550. 4to, ff. [2], lvi, lxi-lxiiii, lvii-lx, lxv-cxxiiii, [27], [1 (blank with manuscript notes)], [2]; sections O and P misbound; 2 full-page woodcut illustrations in text and 50 pp. woodcut illustrations of bridles at rear, historiated woodcut initials, woodcut border to colophon; a few small spots, short tears to ff. ii and iii, running title f. lix minimally trimmed; a good copy in early eighteenth-century Italian speckled sheep, spine gilt in compartments, lettered directly in one; lightly rubbed with slight bumping to corners, head-cap chipped; contemporary Italian manuscript notes to blank 3G4 detailing seven remedies for ailments of the hoof, title inscribed 'Antonii de Ferrariis' and 'Giovanni Bracciani' (dated 1613 and covered), another inscription cropped with repairs, bookplate lifted from upper pastedown.First edition of the first modern treatise on equitation, with contemporary Italian manuscript remedies for horses. The first author to write on horsemanship since Xenophon some two millennia earlier, Federico Grisone (d. c. 1570) 'was a Neapolitan nobleman who, already during his lifetime, was considered to be the "father of the art of equitation". Grisone began a riding academy in Naples in 1532, and became one of the first masters of dressage and courtly riding. His training methods had a great and unparalleled impact on the training of horses in the second half of the 16th century.' (Dejager). 'Grisone was known throughout Italy as a skilled horseman and his manual describes techniques established in the famous riding-school … [Click Below for Full Description]
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