Vintage Book “The Book of Horses” Edited by Fred Urquhart – 1981


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This stunning book on horse stories, poems and art was edited by writer Fred Urquhart who was born in Scotland in 1912; By 1980 he had published 4 novels, 11 short story collections and edited 10 books on an array of subjects; he had a particular love of horses throughout his life and this book was considered a lavishly illustrated up-market anthology. Not many are left on the secondary market perhaps because it did not do well at the time of publication due to “ ‘horsey’ people not being interested in literature and art”, or so the publishers reported. For the horse lover, this book is a treasure-trove of stories, poems and horse art, one they will get lost in for hours and hold dear for many years. Organized in 10 sections/subjects with 16 color plates, 114 black & white illustrations and writings from over 74 authors from Yeats and Hemingway to C.S. Lewis and Jonathan Swift. Published by William Morrow & Company, NY (originally published in England in 1981 by Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd), 244 pages, hardcover with dust cover, excellent condition with just slight wear to dust jacket; pages are pristine.

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