Very rare study of horse breeds in Russia: a magnificent copy dedicated to the Tsar Alexander II, in a luxurious red morocco binding, with a unique printed dedication leaf to the Tsar, not found in other copies.
Unusually produced in a French provincial town, Rennes, a centre of agricultural studies, the work provides first an overview of the historical development of horse breeding in the Russian Empire. It is followed by a study of the typical horse breeds for the different Russian regions, including the Ukraine, the Don and Siberia, as well the Arab, English and Orlov horses. It then concludes with an analysis of the state of horse breeding and trade at the time.
The first plate shows the celebrated racehorse Eclipse, whilst a trotter, Orloff, is shown on the second.
Of great rarity: we could locate only four copies in public libraries: in the British Library, the Bibliothèque Nationale, the Utrecht University library and the Russian National library. Not in Mennessier.
Large 8vo (24 x 16 cm). Printed dedication leaf, 132 pp. incl. half-title and title, index  pp., with 2 lithographed plates with monogram SMC, protected by tissue guards. Contemporary full red morocco, large gilt coat of arms of the Russian Empire inside gilt-ruled borders to covers, spine with raised bands, red morocco label with gilt lettering, compartments gilt-ruled, gilt rollwork to turn-ins, red silk endpapers, silk bookmark, all edges gilt, kept in a worn slipcase.
Journal Général de l’Imprimerie et de la Librarie, tome XIV (Paris, 1870), No. 796; not in Mennessier.
Stock ID: 90372