Rzewuski's Manuscript

Sur les chevaux orientaux et provenants des races orientales"

Count Rzewuski

In 1817 Złotobrody Emir (Gold Bearded) – as he was called, Polish magnate of the most illustrious families, obsessed with oriental hot-blooded horses, abandoned his wife and rich possessions to start intrepid adventure in the area, which was the most unexplored and unfathomable. He took part in the battles against the Turks, the knowledge of horses and the local languages gave him the recognition and friendship of 13 Bedouin tribes and was amounted to the dignity of the emir: official and military commander. He was the first European who crossed and penetrated a vast, uncharted desert of Najd in Saudi Arabia. It was he who first brought Arabian horses to Europe and began their glorious tradition of farming in our region. He bought stallions and mares for the Royal Studs Wirtemberska, Tsar Alexander I of Russia, for the French national stables in Pau, and his own possessions Sawrana in Ukraine. He lived a life full of romantic adventures.
I walked through the rocky and deserted the length and breadth of Arabia. […] I am recognized as the Emir and Sheikh in thirteen Bedouin tribes, and I use all the prerogatives attached to this dignity. So I can say that in the desert, I feel as if I were in my home country. Thorough knowledge of the local language and customs were always a great help to me in my travels in Arabia – they will serve me in my future trips. I ride a horse and wield a spear like a real Bedouin; my strong health stays unaffected by heat, or climate change. I fear not […]


Quickly became famous among the Arabs: they told stories about him and sang songs. Juliusz Słowacki wrote about him (Pride of Vaclav Rzewuski), Mickiewicz (Farys), Vincent Pol (Hetman Złotobrody), Michal Budzynski. He appeared in paintings by January Suchodolski and Juliusz Kossak.  

He left behind a remarkable work “Sur les Chevaux Orientaux Provenants et des Races Orientales”, which to this day is considered an invaluable compendium of knowledge about the culture and traditions of Arab art and culture of the Arab horses: their tribes, history, virtues and vices.

Original of Manuscript

The original copy of this beautiful manuscript consists of 352 pages and 218,000 words contains 65 charming sketches of the Count and more than 100 other illustrations and maps. There’re a lot of portraits of Bedouin tribes in Arabia, its history, customs, culture and excellent description of the unique nomadic lifestyle. In total, more than 400 color drawings, which constitute a source of research on local culture and customs, which is also of great value for the Saudis. There are also notes, of Bedouin music 200 years old, as well as a list of some tribes. Today the Rzewuski’s manuscript is the heritage of the Arabian horse, a unique source of information for anyone interested in it.

Manuscript fascimile

200 years have passed since Rzewuski began writing the fascinating history of the Arabian horse breeding. Therefore, Manuscriptum Publishing House took the effort to create a faithful, scientific copy (in the form of Jewelry Book) of one the most beautiful of the 3 volumes. This precious facsimile is covered in jewelry binding full of gold and gem stones, emphasizing the value of the original. Facsimile of the Rzewuski’s manuscript, can be a real gem for anyone who appreciates the unique souvenirs of the world cultural heritage.

Jewerly Binding

Covered in jewelry binding, adorned in 24 carat gold and the “Polish Diamond”, so called striped flint and other gem stones to highlight the value and beauty of the original manuscript.

 Arabian horse silhouette on the obverse is a copy of a drawing made by Count Rzewuski located in the pages of the Volume 3.

In a typical Arabic geometric plant ornamentation many natural stones have been incorporated. Among them “Polish Diamond” which is the noblest variety of flint found in the only place in the world, the former “Sandomierska Land” in Poland.

Facsimile specification

Number of pages: 169, Plus Inserted maps

Paper: 100 grams Fabriano - ribbed; 60 grams bulked paper
Binding: hand-coloured leather, elements plated with   24-carat gold and/or fine silver, jewel embedded cover- gem stones: 36 Garnet Stones; 1 striped flint; 12 Swarovski Crystals; 12 Lapis Lazuli; 20 Carnelian Stones
Limited edition: 200 copies
Accessories: linen sack, gloves

There are such monuments of Polish literature that make Poland known around the world. Copernicus, Chopin and Rzewuski left behind a legacy valued on every continent. The latter is known for describing Arab culture in the context of the history of Arabian horses, made famous not only the country of origin, but above all the world of the Arabian Peninsula.
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