ABC de Sportsman Robes et Marques / Conformations, Tares, Vices, Redhibitoires / Les Races.
Paris: Libraire Decrocq, 1869. Original red and black decorated boards with gilt titles. New spine and titles. New end papers. Three parts in one. Unpaginated. Three volumes bound together. Seventy-two coloured lithograph plates - each part with twenty-four plates. Separate title page for each part. Each page is an A-Z, with text in French and a full page chromo-lithograph illustration. The author states that the alphabetic form which he has adopted has a twofold aim: 1. To facilitate the child's study of the horse, because the dictionary form is more favourable for those whose attention span is quickly tired, or those who can only study at intervals. 2. To offer to the amateur an explanatory lexicon of the usual words used by the horseman. Three parts in one volume, each in the form of an ABC. The first devoted to 'Dresses and brands', the second to 'conformations, flaws, and injuries', and the the third on 'The races'. 250 by 180mm (9¾ by 7 inches). The boards and spine are in excellent condition. Internally generally clean and tidy, with a little darkening. Former owner's signatures and a little spotting to the first title page. Overall a very attractive copy.