The Origin and Influence of the Thoroughbred Horse

Ridgeway, William. The Origin and Influence of the Thoroughbred Horse. NY: Benjamin Blom 1972. Facsimile reprint (1st pub. 1905). xvi, 538p, 143 ills. Very good hardcover; no d.j., as issued. ** Despite the title, the book is not about the Thoroughbred racehorse but about the development of many breeds of horses and other equids, from prehistory through the late 18th century. The author, a professor of archaeology, draws upon the latest fossil evidence then available, the observations of natural historians, texts, works of art, etc. Emphasizes the ancient world, north Africa, and Europe. (Wells 6297 cites the first ed.). Item #16288

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