The Old English War-Horse or Shire-Horse (Signed copy)
Signed by Walter Gilbey, in an attractive red cloth and gilt binding
First edition, hardback bound in the original red cloth with gilt horse and titling to upper board, gilt titling to spine. Boards with bevelled edges, all edges gilt. 22.5 × 14cm,  23pp , 14 plates with explanations.
Signed and dedicated by the author to the title page, "To H A Rigg Esq—with compliments, Walter Gilbey."
Full title: The Old English War-Horse or The Great Horse as it appears, at intervals, in Contemporary Coins and Pictures during the centuries of its development into the Shire-Horse.
A rare history of the war-horse / shire-horse as seen in its depiction in coins and pictures. The book starts with a short history "tracing the Shire Horse to the Old English Great Horse", which runs from A.D.50 to the late Victorian period. There are three pages of notes containing details on the horse as a national emblem and Cart horse races in 1737. This is followed by fourteen engravings of horses from classical times to the (then) present day both in a military and an agricultural context. A rare book.
This copy is in good plus condition. The red cloth has some surface marking (some dry water marks, and a small ink mark above the gilt horse). The boards are lightly rubbed and bumped. The inner binding is a little strained in places but secure, there is foxing to the prelims but the main body of text is in good clean condition and all plates are present.
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