We're delighted to announce that we'll be taking part in the Attingham Trust Study Programme, "The Horse and the Country House," in England in September. We have in stock some of the books on the program's suggested reading list. A selection of them, plus others that may be of interest, are included in "Featured Books" at the bottom of this page. Quantities are very limited. For other titles related to the program's theme, search by the keyword Attingham, or go to "Browse Horses" and then look through the topics Art, Driving (especially other World on Wheels volumes), Farming, Horses in Society & History, and Hunting. We're happy to ship postpaid to Attingham participants within the United States.

English Pleasure Carriages [1837, with extra material]
Adams, William Bridges

1837. Adams, William Bridges. English Pleasure Carriages: Their origin, history, varieties, materials, construction, defects, improvements, and capabilities [etc.] London: Charles Knight 1837. xviii, 315p, ca. 25 line ills. Good hardcover (blue-green cloth, spine gilt stamped). Lacks front endpaper; occasional neat penciling. Armorial bookplate of Augustus Terry Clarke. Related material laid in, including two small ink drawings of carriages. ** The first edition of this important book on the principles of carriage design and structure. Adams believes that the uplifting qualities of good design ("pleasing colours and pleasing forms tend to soften rugged natures") ought surely to be applied to carriages, which "are objects of beauty constantly exposed to public view, as much so as architectural erections--perhaps more so, being locomotive." But he also has an eye on the railway age, and in the last chapter he applies some of his ideas to steam locomotion. "Rated as one of the most important [books on carriages] by all leading authorities" (Rittenhouse, Carriage Hundred 1) [Attingham]. (Item ID: 16494)


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