Flat-Racing Explained - A Practical Treatise on Racing, Designed to meet the Requirements of Owners, Breeders, Trainers, Jockeys, and the General Public - Analyst [pseud. Francis Higgins]

1899 - Edmund Seale, London - First Edition
First edition of this early treatise on the science of Horse Racing. Contains much information on the selection of the horse and all aspects of flat racing. A practical treatise on racing designed to meet the requirements of owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and the general public. 
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Horse-Racing in England – A Synoptical Review - Robert Black

1893 - Richard Bentley and Son, London - First Edition
‘Mr. Black knows his subject and brings plenty of sound common-sense to bear on it’ – The Spectator

A handsome copy of sports writer Robert Black’s informative reference, spanning two hundred years from the reign of Charles II to Queen Victoria, of the history and development of horse-racing. Black – considered an authority on the subject – with records of famous races and ‘some memorable matches’. 
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Silk and Scarlet - with - The Post and the Paddock, with Recollections of George IV., Sam Chifney, and other Turf Celebrities - Henry Hall Dixon ‘The Druid’

1880 - Frederick Warne and Co., London - Revised and Re-edited Editions with Steel Engravings
Two finely bound volumes in hunting colours, formerly the property of Captain Robert Bingham Brassey of the 17th Lancers.

Racing anecdotes, and turf reminiscences, illustrated with steel engraved frontispieces, extra steel engraved title pages, five steel engravings (one folding), and engraved vignette.

Henry Hall Dixon (1822-70) was an English sporting writer known by his nom de plume, "The Druid.", educated at Rugby School and at Trinity College, Cambridge. He took up the profession of the law, but, though called to the bar in 1853, soon returned to sporting journalism, in which he had already made a name for himself, and began to write regularly for the
Sporting Magazine. Both these works first appeared in part in the magazine before being published as separate books. 
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Through the Stable and the Saddle Room - Arthur T. Fisher

1890 - Richard Bentley and Son, London - First Edition
‘Every Englishman loves a horse, even if he knows no more about him than he does about a kangaroo, and but few of our countrymen can gaze on a handsome horse without admiration...’

A handsome copy of this useful, late 19th century guide to horse stables and saddle rooms, with chapters on stable construction, saddles, bridles, hay, and livery.
 
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1940 - Seeley, London - First Edition
An extensive study on thoroughbred flat racing, covering breeding, training, jockeyship, the tote, the evolution of racing. Illustrated with a colour frontispiece by Munnings, 34 full-page plates, and in text illustrations.

The Lonsdale Library is unequivocally categorized as the greatest library of sporting ever produced. Inserted is an ad for “”
The Mating of Thoroughbred Horses”.

Introduction by the Right Hon. The Earl of Lonsdale, K.G., G.C.V.O., D.L.
 
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The Gentleman's Stable Directory or Modern System of Farriery - William Taplin

1791 - G.G.J. and J.Robinsons and G.Kearsley, London - The Tenth Edition, Considerably Enlarged and Carefully Corrected.
Inscribed to Sir John Lade, Bart. Engraved frontispiece portrait. In 2 volumes. First published in 1788. The second volume contains "Experimental Remarks upon Breeding, Breaking, Shoeing, Stabling, Exercise, and Rowelling. To which are added, particular Instructions for the General Management of Hunters and Road Horses; with Concluding Observations upon the present State of the Turf". With the half-titles.  
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Famous Racing Men, with Anecdotes and Portraits - with - Tales of the Turf and the Chase - “Thormanby”

1882 - James Hogg, London - First Editions
Two books bound into one, amusing encounters with the great characters of equestrian England in the 1800's.

With portraits and illustrations by Randolph Caldecott. Fabulous ad to rear with a sketch of a London Banker.

Includes the anecdote
Half an Hour with a Sporting Prophet 
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Price HK$ 1,800