Cleveland, OH: Fasig and Co., 1895. Paperback. Lacks wrappers. Side-stapled. Small open tears to title page affecting dates. Minor chipping to edges of first and last pages. Minor browning. Soiling to one page. Includes 509 listings and a few full page photographic illustrations. Each listing has horses name, size, physical description, owner's description, and breeding lines. Worth buying just to read horses names and owner's descriptions - for example: "Roanoke: This fine gelding is a good individual, has a good way of going, and will make a grand horse. He is level headed and will please almost any one" or "Alibba: a first class road horse, can trot a 2:30 clip, is bred to go the route, and will make some man a great roadster." Unpaginated (but approximately 200 pages). EQU/091620. Good.
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New Haven: Nathan Whiting, 1816. Hardcover. A later edition of Every Man His Own Doctor (previously printed as "Domestic Medicine,") but the first to include the lengthy appendix on horse and livestock care with advice on buying horses. Part of the appendix is also consists of a family directory including recipes for food and household products. Full brown leather boards with black and gilt title label pasted down to spine. Chipping to leather along head of spine and corners. Cracking to leather along spine. Minor rubbing and wear to covers and edges of boards. Bookplate of Susan Benedict Spencer to front pastedown. Spencer graduated from the New York University College of Medicine in 1941. There is also an older penned ownership signature of William H. Pratt to front free endpaper and rear free endpaper. In similar antiquated pen on the second free endpaper is a note stating "Granby, Connecticut. price $4." He notes on the rear free endpaper that the book was purchased in 1819. Pratt is recorded as having been a Revolutionary War pensioner, buried in the Pratt Cemetery in Granby, CT in 1850 at age 99 and 3 months. Pencil markings to front endpapers. Occasional spots of soiling and dampstaining. Minor uniform browning to pages. 464 plus appendix of 144 pages. MED/030719. Very Good.
Sussex, UK: Viallupade & Co. Ltd., 1973. Paperback. RARE. Third Edition. Very good plus paperback w/full-color pictorial front board. Creasing along fron thinge. Insides are fine: clean and bright (though spotting to verso of front cover); diagrams, maps, charts. 231 pp. Equestrian. EQU/8233. Very Good +.
[Seattle]: Sea Pen Press, 1988. Hardcover. Number 97 of 100 copies. Signed by the author. Thomas Brush is an award winning Seattle poet who has written several books and for several distinguished journals. He tended bar for four years at a Seattle racetrack several years ago and found it an enchanted place that values possibilities and dreams. This influence is evident in the poems included in Even Money. This interesting production from the Sea Pen Press has a blue handmade light-and-shade watermarked paper covers that are sewn in a non-adhesive concertina fashion to the text. The orange and brown decorated endpapers were created by Neal Bonham of the press using colored paper pulps in a decorative technique that he developed. There are five linoleum cut illustrations by Suzanne Ferris that "capture the linear poetry of the thoroughbred world" (prospectus). The book also has images of racetrack betting tickets decorating the title page and colophon that were created by transferring Xerox images to linoleum. The text is printed in Monotype Janson and the title page is printed with Weiss Initial Series 2. The book is housed in a coarse tan linen covered clamshell box with blue borders and ticket images on the front cover. Both the book's binding and the case were designed and constructed by Judith L. Johnson. In fine condition. Book is 9 x 11.5 inches. Case measures 10.25 x 13 inches. Unpaginated [21 pages]. PRI/090717. Fine.
William E. Rudge's Sons, 1937. Hardcover. Limited to 400 copies. Once a renowned horse farm, this property located in Washington, CT is now a boarding school. Navy blue paper covered boards with gilt title "A Christmas Greeting!" to front cover. Minor wear and soiling to covers. Slight browning to spine and edges of boards. Occasional smudge marks to margins, but clean overall. A tall thin octavo printed in Baskerville Type on Archer Paper. Includes one page of text and 18 pages of captioned photographic illustrations of horses and the farm. Unpaginated [about 24 pages.] EQU/021919. Very Good.