8vo, pp. vi, , [1 (blank)], 299, , 311-330, [2 (blank)]; title foxed, otherwise a very good copy; publisher’s green pictorial pebble-grained cloth blocked in blind and gilt, edges gilt; lightly rubbed at extremities, minor splits to hinges, front free endpaper removed; inscribed by R.D. Alexander, November 1868, subsequent gift inscription from the same to J.M. Ricketts, dated 1869.
Added to your basket:
The Turf and the Racehorse, describing Trainers and Training, the Stud-Farm, the Sires and Brood-Mares of the Past and Present, and how to breed and rear the Racehorse.
First edition of a scarce account of mid-nineteenth-century race horses, including notes and anecdotes on breeding, buying, training, and racing, and with an extensive table of ‘the tried brood mares of the day’, showing their pedigrees and progeny.
You may also be interested in...
The Elephant, principally viewed in Relation to Man: A new Edition, revised by the Author.
First editions of treatises on the elephant and the horse, from Charles Knight’s Library of Entertaining Knowledge. The equine text gives accounts of horses and related species in several cultures and climes, and, with The Elephant, forms two works from a series of three, on ‘the three quadrupeds who have been the great instruments furnished by Divine Providence to Man, to enable him to “replenish the earth and subdue it”’ (2, p. vii). The treatise on elephants, attributed to Charles Knight (1791–1873) himself, was first published in 1830 in the first volume, titled Menageries, of the Library of Entertaining Knowledge, a series published by Knight for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge as a complement to the Library of Useful Knowledge, to which Youatt’s animal treatises belonged.
RACING IN AMERICA [JOCKEY CLUB.] HERVEY, John.
Racing in America, 1665-1865 … written for the Jockey Club.
First edition, limited, numbered 323 of 800 copies. The first volume of the Jockey Club’s monumental history of racing in America, covering earliest period of American racing, from the foundation of the first track on Long Island until the end of the Civil War, some two centuries later.