FAMOUS HARNESS HORSES, ONE OF ONLY 600 COPIES
(HORSES) BENNETT, Geoffrey D.S. Famous Harness Horses… Volume I. 1900-1915. London: Welbecson Press, 1926. Quarto, original cream cloth spine and brown cloth covers, top edge gilt, uncut. $500.
Limited first edition of Volume I of this illustrated history of British harness racing horses, this copy number 245 of only 600 copies. From the library of renowned sportswoman and sporting books collector Elisabeth “Pansy” Ireland.
Illustrated with 40 photographic portraits by W.A. Rouch. Foreword by Bertram W. Mills. This is Volume I, which covers the years 1900-1915; Volume II, covering 1916-31, was separately published several years later, in 1932, and the two are often offered separately. Owner signature, dated 1929, of Elisabeth “Pansy” Ireland, owner of Pebble Hill Plantation in Georgia and an accomplished horsewoman and collector.
Near-fine condition, with notable sporting provenance.