Fine pair of copper engravings from this important early work on horsemanship and dressage. William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle (1592-1676), established his famous riding-school in Antwerp while living there in exile. This classic work is not only one of the most beautiful books on horses ever published, but also was a landmark in the development of equestrian technique. William Cavendish's emphasis on systematic and humane training was revolutionary for its era, and his teaching has exerted a lasting and far-reaching influence on the art of riding. A General System of Horsemanship was first published in a French edition in 1658. These are from the first German edition with titles in German and French. First (12.5 x 12.3") depicts a single rider. Second (14.5 x 12.2") features two riders.
Light foxing in margins. Printer's crease in first.