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[ALLISON, William, 1851-1925] - "BLINKHOOLIE" : "BLAIRMOUNT?" : A TURF MYSTERY. BY BLINKHOOLIE.
London : International Horse Agency & Exchange, 1910. An undesignated reprint of the original 1909 edition. A pacy tale of fraud on the race-course - might a ringer win the Leger? - from William Allison, novelist, sporting journalist and historian of the thoroughbred. A deliberately provocative novel intended to sharpen up the entries in the Stud Book and to prompt the Jockey Club into action.
CORBET, Henry, 1821?-1879 : TALES AND TRAITS OF SPORTING LIFE.
London : Rogerson & Tuxford, 1864. First edition. Entertaining stories, essays and occasional pieces, including extracts from the diary of A. Softun Esq. - mainly on horse racing and the racing fraternity. Corbet was both editor of "The Steeple Chase Calendar" and secretary of the Central Farmers' Club.
"CURZON, Louis Henry" - [BERTRAM, James Glass, 1824-1892] : A MIRROR OF THE TURF : OR, THE MACHINERY OF HORSE-RACING REVEALED SHOWING THE SPORT OF KINGS AS IT IS TODAY.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1892. First edition. A lively overview of late nineteenth-century horse racing - especially its finances, gambling, administration, the Jockey Club, etc. - with a particular journalistic emphasis on the "frauds and chicaneries" and "practices that will not bear the light of day". The mercurial Bertram, Scottish newspaperman and variously bookseller, novelist and strolling player, was the author of several books of personal memoir, and also wrote on subjects as diverse as fishing, fisheries, flagellation, and the language of flowers.
LANE, Charles : BRITISH RACING PRINTS : 1700-1940.
London : Sportsman's Press, (1990). First edition. Combines a history of racing with material on publishers and engravers, details of engraving methods, and a full-scale artist catalogue of racing prints.
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RICE, James, 1843-1882 : HISTORY OF THE BRITISH TURF : FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO THE PRESENT DAY.
London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1879. First edition. A handsome, lively and extensive history of horse-racing in the British Isles, published to commemorate the first centenary of the Derby. With material rich in anecdote on the early history, the fathers of the turf, famous racers, the first Derby, Chifney, leading owners and patrons, the whip, the Jockey Club, Ascot, Mr Weatherby, Nimrod, tipsters, famous jockeys, scandals and disputes, Tattersall's, Epsom, Doncaster, York, Newmarket, Goodwood, etc., racing abroad, training, betting, steeplechasing, Voltigeur, winners of the classics, and much more.
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"THORMANBY" - [DIXON, Willmott, 1843-1914] : KINGS OF THE TURF : MEMOIRS AND ANECDOTES OF DISTINGUISHED OWNERS, BACKERS, TRAINERS, AND JOCKEYS WHO HAVE FIGURED ON THE BRITISH TURF, WITH MEMORABLE ACHIEVEMENTS OF FAMOUS HORSES.
London : Hutchinson & Co., 1898. First edition. Memoirs of Lord George Bentinck, John Gully, the Chifneys, Colonel Mellish, John Scott, Sir Tatton Sykes, Lord Palmerston, the earls of Derby and Rosebery, the Marquis of Hastings, Prince Soltykoff, Baron Meyer de Rothschild, Richard ten Broeck, Pierre Lorillard, Harry Custance, Tom Cannon, Fred Archer, the Duke of Portland, and a host of other racing legends.
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