The Bay Arabian

The Sportsman's Companion: or Portraitures, pedigrees and performances, of the most eminent Race Horses & Stallions, represented in variety of attitudes. Interspersed with tail-pieces & embellishments alluding to the sport. Calculated for the utility and entertainment of the nobility, gentry, breeders, &c.

London: Sold by J. Barker, Russell-Street, Covent Garden, [n.d., 1820s].

Price: $9,500.00

About the item

Second edition, originally published circa 1760. Letterpress title page, engraved contents page, 40 engraved portraits with text and vignettes beneath, all printed rectos only. [2], 40 ff. Leaves 25, 28 and 40, have engraved illustration at head and printed text beneath. 1 vols. 8vo. The Bay Arabian. Original rose cloth. Spine toned, else fine. Bookplates of A Kiefer Mayer and The Jockey Club. Huth, F.H. Works on Horses and Equitation, 38; See Podeschi, p. 54.

Item #352492

Beautiful engraved book of portraits of noted British race horses active in the first half of the eighteenth century. The final plate shows the Bay Arabian, now known as the Godolphin Arabian, most famous race horse and thoroughbred sire of all, who died in 1753 “in his 29th year”. The date comes from Huth.

Uncommon. OCLC reports four locations for this edition.