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Description: A detailed typescript report on the breeding and training of Arabian horses

RIEMSDIJK, Willem Johan Emanuel van.
Verslag, ..., over een eenjarig verblijf in Frankryk.
[The Netherlands?, ca. 1904?]. 33.5 x 21 cm. With 32 original photographic prints (silver gelatin), mounted on 19 paperboard leaves, each with a neatly written manuscript caption. Inserted is a chromolithographic map of "Klein Asien, Syrien, &c." (map 59 from "Stielers Hand-Atlas"), with two captions and the routes of two expeditions added in black and blue ink. Contemporary cloth.
€ 6,500
A unique(?) Dutch typescript (carbon copy?) report on the breeding and training of Arabian horses by Willem Johan Emmanuel van Riemsdijk (1881-1928), 2nd lieutenant of the cavalary in the Dutch Colonial Army and manager of the stud in Padalarang (Indonesia). The report was ordered by the Dutch Colonial Army, which sent Van Riemsdijk to France to study the French methods of breeding and training thoroughtbred Arabian horses, apparently to improve the breeding of horses in the Dutch East Indies.
It opens with a description of the French national stud farm, followed by a chapter on the breeding and training of horses in the French colonies, an account of a journey to a stud farm and remount service in South France, an account of the Arabian horse in Syria (including two reports of French and Hungarian expeditions to Syria in order to buy thoroughbred Arabian horses), the Arabian horse in France, and finally a detailed description of the Arabian horse in the Dutch colonies.
It contains many manuscript corrections and may have been the author's copy.
Name on flyleaf: "Corn[?] van Riemsdijk", possibly related to the author. Some of the photographs with the typical loss of highlight detail, the paper is slightly browned and binding shows some wear. Overall in good condition. A detailed and most likely unique typescript report on horse breeding.
  • Number: 1060014
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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