Early English Horse Racing

[Broadhurst, J.]. A Comparative View of the Form and Character of the English Racer and Saddle-Horse. During the Last and Present Centuries. Illustrated by Eighteen Plates of Horses.

London: Thomas Hookham, 1836. 295 by 230mm (11½ by 9 inches). Lg. 4to. Original patterned green cloth with original paper spine label; v, [1], 155, [1] pp. Plus 18 mounted India proof lithographs of famous racing and riding horses (complete!), each with a tissue guard and a facing page of description. A presentation copy inscribed, From the Author”, on the front free endpaper. Very good except spine extremities rubbed, corners professionally repaired, label a bit chipped. A few of the plates with an old water stain at the fore-margin.

andnbsp; A scarce and early book on British horse racing with lithographs by Charles Hullmandel (1789–1850), one of the important figures in British lithography.

The text compares cattle breeding to horse breeding; discusses the theory of a Mr. Cline (advantage of breeding from large females to produce better horses); compares British horses to Arabian ones; and discusses horses for the cavalry. The lithographs are described as horse portraits”, always identifying the horse by name: Sedbury, Johnny, Shark, etcetera. And thus, the author’s love for horses emanates from the pages.


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