2 vols, folio, pp. I: [4 (blank, limitation)], xii, 315, [1 (blank), II: , ix, [1 (blank)], 416; with frontispiece to each volume and 126 plates (various techniques); printed in red and black; occasional light spotting; a very good set in publisher’s cloth-backed boards with paper sides, printed paper labels to spines, top-edges cut, others retaining deckle edges; rubbed with chips and bumps at extremities, light stains to upper board of vol. II.
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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.
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Miles’s comprehensive and generously illustrated treatise on veterinary science. The text first appeared in sixteen monthly parts, issued between 1868 and 1869, before being published in several undated editions in quick succession, accompanied by plates by the sporting artist Benjamin Herring (1830–1871). According to Dingley, ‘numbers and states of plates were varied between editions, and both the distribution of the plates throughout the volume, and the order of binding the four sections and the Index etc appear to have been left to the discretion of individual binders’.
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