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Development of Successful Thoroughbred Sire Lines in England and France, by Achille de Biase

February 8, 2011

I have a beautiful copy of The Development of Successful Thoroughbred Sire Lines in England and France, by General Achille de Biase, copyright 1961, Derby Publishing, Milan, Italy. This rare book is actually more like a really nice, oversize, 4-ring folio/binder with 264 thick pages and a lot of really nice plates throughout.

In the Preface, describing the purpose of the book, de Biase writes,

“It was the need for statistical data and up-to-date news, combined in synoptic and summarized tables for easy reference, that motivated me to compile tables of this kind, which would show the development of stallion lines.

I did this in order to do something which would be useful for breeders, not only in the countries to wich the tables refer, but in other countries too, as the language of statistics in an international one.

The aim of this first study is to throw light on the development of different stud lines, limited to Great Britain and France, from the year 1901-1960.” (p. 7)

In the section titled, “Explanatory notes for tables,” de Biase describes how to use this book and how it is all organized and codified.

This book is recommended reading on several lists, including a resource list of recommended reading by Thoroughbred Heritage (sponsored by the National Sporting Library, a research center for horse and field sports).

Here is an example of one of its pages:

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