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H.H. Aga Khan’s Irish and French Studs, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987-88

October 20, 2011

I have 6 books, all titled H.H. Aga Khan’s Irish and French Studs, each from a different year (or two), 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, and 1987-88. Each book provides detailed information about the Aga Kahn’s “Stallions, Brood Mares, Horses in Training, Yearlings and Foals” for that particular year. These books are in pristine condition, not sure if they have ever been used, as some of the bindings creak when opened, as if they never have been opened before. All have the year on the spine, except for 1980 and 1981.

On facing pages, each horse is described in detail, by full name, birth year, family tree, turf record, family record, and stud record. As the Aga Khan was one of the most successful, if not the most successful, breeders of all times, these books should prove to be invaluable.

1980 is 167 pages, plus an unnumbered section on Horses in Training, Yearling and Foals.

1981 is 205 pages, followed by the same unnumbered Horses in Training, Yearling and Foals section and then a section called “Produce of 1980” and then “Produce of 1981.”

1983 is 206 pages, followed by the same unnumbered Horses in Training, Yearling and Foals section and then a section called “Produce of 1982” and then “Produce of 1983.”

1984 is 276 pages – now all pages are numbered.

1986 is 307 pages, all numbered.

1987-88 is 316 pages, again all numbered.

I have written a couple of other posts on books about the Aga Khan, one on 75 Years: The Aga Khan’s Racing and Breeding Studs, 1922-1997, by Georg Lange, and the other on Stanley Jackson”s The Aga Khan: Prince, Prophet and Sportsman.

If you are interested in knowing more about these fascinating books, please contact me at postpositionsbooks@gmail.com.

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