Item #255065 Life of William T. Porter. Francis Brinley.


Life of William T. Porter.

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1860.

First Edition. Portrait frontispiece. vii, 273 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. CONNETT’S COPY. Original green cloth. Rebacked, preserving original spine, some repairs to inner hinges, blind stamp on title and frontispiece margins, small ink stamp on title page verso. Presentation inscription from Ernest Gee to Eugene Connett on verso of flyleaf. Bookplate Bruns B-228; Fairfax Harrison, The Background of the American Stud Book, pp. 87-88 et passim. Item #255065

The biography of Porter, who in 1831 founded the American sporting periodical “Spirit of the Times,” and served as its editor from 1835 to 1850. He also edited the American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine from 1840-1844, and the annual American Turf Register and Racing & Trotting Calendar from 1845-1855. He was a figure of enormous influence in the history of flat racing in America. “As a sportsman Porter was never a practicing horseman: his individual interest was in angling. But as a reporter of racing none has ever surpassed him” — Harrison. HE WAS 6'4". IT WAS PORTER WHO SUGGESTED THAT WM. HENRY HERBERT TAKE THE PEN NAME “FRANK FORESTER” “This biography is by Porter’s brother-in-law and contains much on Porter’s angling activities. Porter has been thought of as the father of the school of American sporting literature” - Bruns.

INSCRIBED by the great sporting bookseller to the publisher of the Derrydale Press “EUGENE V. CONNETT 3rd with the kind regards of ERNEST GEE, New York, Feb 28th, 1930.” An exceptional American sporting association.

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