4to, pp. [2 (blank)], , 13-116, , [3 (blank)], with numerous woodcut illustrations in text, 6 colour plates tipped in with tissue guards, one additional print signed by Leigh and loosely inserted; a very good copy, partially unopened in publisher’s red cloth, upper board blocked in gilt on black morocco panel, spine lettered in gilt, top-edge gilt; lightly rubbed, recapped.
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The Western Pony … Foreword by James L. Clark.
First edition of Leigh’s finely printed account of the Western pony. A painter known primarily for his scenes of the American West, William Robinson Leigh (1866-1955) produced several equine paintings, here reproduced in colour by Max Jaffé of Vienna.
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