London: "Ruff's Gude" (cover reads The Sportsman Office), 1887. First edition. Hardcover. 408p, a few small ills. in ads. Original brown cloth, stamped in gilt. Shelf wear. Outer pages browned; small clipping pasted to title page. Good. Item #30135
Contains nominations for 1888; results of 1887 flat races and steeplechases in Great Britain, Ireland, and France; lengths of courses; rules of racing; "winners of great races"; bloodstock sales in 1887; weights; lists of trainers and jockeys; jockey's winning mounts; etc. With an interesting table of the number of horses of different ages that have raced in various years from 1827 on. It shows, for instance, that in 1827 most runners were aged 5 and up, and in 1887 most of them were 2-year-olds. Can be sent outside the US for less than the default shipping rate.