Impressive and uncommon work on French horse breeding at the beginning of Napoleon III’s reign – an example of the first edition attractively bound.
French studs are gathered in regions, here described in great detail, illustrated by coloured maps and fine lithographs showing various races and regional uses. Gayot (1808-91) was head of the stud section of the Agriculture and Commerce Ministry from 1847 until 1852, when he published the present work and left for pension.
First edition. Large folio (61.5 x 44 cm). Title,  introduction, 27 hand-coloured engraved maps and 55 lithographs on india paper on 31 sheets, each map accompanied with printed leaves of text; bookseller’s printed overslip (‘Paris […] Vve. Bouchard-Huzard’) pasted onto date of title page, a few maps lightly browned, some spotting, mostly marginal. Contemporary green half morocco, gilt rules to covers, spine with raised bands gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers; neatly rebacked preserving spine, neat repairs to extremities.
Stock ID: 86411