Joseph Osborne : The Horse-Breeders' Handbook containing a History of the Rise and Progress of the British Stud, 1898. Fourth Edition. Royal 8vo Hb. Original green cloth with gilt titling & image of horse on the upper board. Mounted photo-type frontis and plates with tissue guards. Text ( in 3 sections or parts ) features tabulated pedigrees & full particulars of thirty-eight of the most famous blood-sires from whom it had its origin. Signed dedication on title page : ''Mr. Lowe, Editor of the 'Sporting Life' with the Author's Compliments and best wishes, Joseph Osborne.'' Generally well - preserved item, some slight wear to the extremities of the binding, otherwise tight, bright and clean volume. It has been noted that the author Mr. Joseph Osborne, wrote under the pseudonym ''Beacon'' in Bell's Life in London. His horse Ab-del-Kader won the Grand National in 1851 and throughout most of his life he took an absorbing interest in the breeding thoroughbreds. He wrote of horses of previous times ( from personal acquaintance ) as long ago as Harkaway (his favourite horse). Mr. Osborne was a recognised authority on the subject of breeding, and all he writes is worth reading. There are some beautiful plates of well-known horses in the book, and extended pedigrees of nearly every prominent horse at the stud in England.

Est £60 - £80