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The Book of Jockeys. 1921
1921. Chintz fabric covering boards. Very Good. Oblong, 14.5 by 25 cm. 15 pp. with pasted cut-outs representing nabobs of British society in jockey attire, followed by numerous blank leaves. Some of the figures depicted are Sol [Solomon] Joel (1865-1931), who made a diamond and gold mine fortune in South Africa and was a successful thoroughbred breeder; the first Lord Queenborough, or Almeric Hugh Paget (1861-1949), industrialist, politician and sportsman, known for good works and later, Fascist sympathies; Marquess of Zetland, or Lawrence Dundas (1844-1929), Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for a time; the Duke of Westminster; Lord Derby; Lord Sallon; Anthony de Rothschild; Lord Furness; Lord Lascelles; and on and on. Proverbially, horse racing is the sport of kings, and this album is evidence of that with its 104 figures in all. Alicia Muspratt is a listed artist whose oil paintings regularly appear at auction. The album, though, is not about serious painting. With its crude cut-outs, which the artist has painted over to create a huge variety of colorful costume, it is a fun item, a gentle parody of a children's album, quite possibly. It is a safe bet that Muspratt was a devotee of the race track, and the odds are even the album was made as a part of a celebratory occasion. For us, the interest lies in its quirky appeal, its uniqueness, and its capturing for us a slice of the sporting world of yesteryear. The homemade chintz fabric cover, with a cut-out pasted on top of it, deepens the charm of the album.
      [Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books and Antiques]
Last Found On: 2014-08-13           Check availability:      Biblio    

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