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Notes on the Thoroughbred from Kentucky Newspapers
1927. Signed. O’CONNOR, John L.Notes on the Thoroughbred from Kentucky Newspapers.(Lexington, Kentucky): Privately printed by Louis Lee Haggin, [1927].Rare first edition, presentation copy, of this important history of Kentucky race horses and the Kentucky horse-racing industry, one of only 10 copies printed, warmly inscribed by the publisher who oversaw the destruction of the original type to prevent more copies from being printed: “With all my love Beloved. Without you the small part I have done in this book would never have been made. Louis,” handsomely bound in deluxe publisher’s morocco.“O’Connor was the first person to systematically research the foundations of Thoroughbreds in America. His work became the basis for the writings of Fairfax Harrison, who produced seven volumes [on the subject]. O’Connor, a Thoroughbred enthusiast from an early age, combed early Kentucky newspapers (1788-1833) for notes on racing and stallion advertisements for Thoroughbreds, as well as Quarterhorses and Saddlebreds. The resulting Notes on the Thoroughbred was privately printed by Louis Lee Haggin.Mackay-Smith, National Sporting Library Newsletter, March 1993.Light rubbing and tiny puncture to binding and a bit of toning to spine. A near-fine copy, inscribed by the publisher and exceptionally rare.
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