Hartford: Privately Printed, 1928. First & Only Edition. Hardcover. Duodecimo; pp; 487; illustrated with a frontispiece and thirteen inserted black and white plates of horses, horsemen and track layouts; pebbled black flexible leather covered boards;. a solid very good copy;. Item #18310
On the front paste-down and adjoining free fly leaf, a previous owner, a little girl named Miss Bernice Evelyn Davis has drawn three horses including “our horse Jim” and declared herself a “lover of horses”. Scarce Harness racing compilation, a companion volume to "Pacealong" and "Racealong". Includes history and important names of horses, owners, trainers, races and tracks, changes in the sport. The horse, "Peter Manning" in full profile as frontispiece. Diagrams of half-mile and mile tracks. Begins with history of the American horse and its history since 1539 when DeSoto brought to Florida 237 cavalry horses, pack horses, and mules. New England's first 25 horses arrived in Boston in 1629, more followed. In Rhode Island, an early diary entry, 1721, record a mile pacing in 2 to 3 minutes. By 1747, some laws against or limiting racing were being passed.