I was fortunate to recently acquire at auction an interesting collection of books on Arab horses. Being a rather niche subject books on this topic are often hard to locate and in demand. Furthermore the lot included amongst its number several signed items.
The most interesting and scarce of the titles is A Guide to the Complete Pedigrees of Arabian Horses from United Kingdom (1790-1989). A complete five volume set by acclaimed photographer of Arabian Horses, Wojciech Kwiatkowski. Published in 1994 by Wydawnictwo KAWALKADA, Brwinów, Poland, this edition is limited to 100 copies signed by the author of which the set in my possession is number 36. Whilst a couple of other titles from the series focusing on different countries are available on line, at a quite considerable price, I cannot locate this far more substantial set anywhere. As such I have decided to place it on eBay. The listing can be viewed here, along with further details about the item:
Whilst the content of these volumes would make the average readers eye’s glaze over, the extensive compendium of pedigrees could offer vital insight to the enthusiast, and particularly anyone involved in the breeding of Arab horses.
Another item of particular interest is a first edition of The Arab Horse by John Upton, which features the author’s signature and a unique illustration to the title page. As Upton, to quote Wikipedia, “has a worldwide reputation as an artist and author, specialising in the Arab Horse” this addition may well be of interest to any collectors of his work.
Some other items on Arab horses I have in stock:
Boiselle, Gabrielle (1992), Grace & Beauty. A Study of the Horse (Ted Smart: Godalming). Hardback. Condition: Very Good in Good dust jacket. Size: Folio (over 12″). 191pp. Profusely illustrated. Signed by author/photographer Gabrielle Boiselle to front end paper. Some wear and a couple of tears to dust jacket. Binding cocked. Minor wear to spine. £25
Collie, Keith (1982), Spirit of the Wind. The Horse in Saudi Arabia (IMMEL: London). Hardback. Condition: Very Good in likewise dust jacket. Size: 4to. 1st edition. 112pp. Profusely illustrated. Slight marking and wear to dust jacket. Minor wear to boards. £12
Pingitzer, Leopold ed. (1994), Golden Arabians. ECAHO Yearbook 1994. All ECAHO Show Results. Paperback. Condition: Very Good in likewise slip case. Size: 4to. 1st edition. 463pp. Illustrated. Slight crease to spine. £40
Greely, Margaret (1985), Arabian Exodus (J. A. Allen & Company: London). Hardback. Condition: Very Good in Good dust jacket. Size: 4to. Revised edition. 240pp. Illustrated. Dust jacket worn, with one significant tear. £6
Sherbatov, A. G. & Stroganov, S. A. (1989), The Arabian Horse. A Survey (J. A. Allen & Company: London). Hardback. Condition: Very Good+, no dust jacket. Size: 4to. 1st English-language edition. xvi + 152pp. Contains frontispiece and 16 illustrations. Slight marking to boards. £25
Maxwell, Pat (1982), Second Illustrated Guide to the Arabian Horse in Great Britain (Arab Horse Society: Crowborough). Hardback. Condition: Good+, no dust jacket. Size: 4to. 1st edition. 71pp. Illustrated. Slight marking to boards. Crinkling to early pages. Rear hinge just beginning to show signs of cracking. £35
If you are interested in any of the above titles, or anything else I have in stock, please contact me on the email address provided. Please note that the above prices do not include shipping costs.