Fine example of the 'Manuel', translated into French from the Russian first edition. It was originally published by Senior Lieutenant Pavel Katkov for the Horse guards regiment of the Empress Maria Feodorovna in St. Petersbourg. It contains instructions for fencing exercises for the Russian cavalry squadrons, on foot and on horseback, accompanied by attractive hand coloured illustrations.
Baron de Pelleport to whom this copy belonged was probably Jean-Pierre Charles de Pelleport-Burète (1827-1900), Mayor of Bordeaux between 1874-1876 and senator of Gironde between 1876-1879.
Small quarto (22 x 16 cm). , original printed wrappers bound in, half-title, title, 58 pp., , 30 illustrations in contemporary hand colour and charts in text; occasional spotting, light browning. Contemporary quarter-cloth over marbled boards, calf label to spine with lettering in gilt; label rubbed, slightly worn at extremities. Pen inscription to front endpaper: “”Maître Devinreux, ten times France swordsmanship champion.””, with stamp of three crossed swords.
Provenance: Baron de Pelleport (library label to pastedown, signature 'Pelleport' to title page).
Stock ID: 81570