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Inventory of Horse Books For Sale

This is now the entire collection, 175 books in total. For more information on any or all, please post a comment or email me at postpositionsbooks@gmail.com.

The * in front of some of the names notes the books that are musts for collections of horse books, according to a list I found – and will post soon – unfortunately, this list is no longer available online. It was by Susan Larkin and titled ‘Guide to Collecting Horse Books.’ I have found other lists though and will continue to post them.

The titles in blue link to the post that discusses the book in more detail. The entire collection is for sale, either as an entire collection or by the book (or group of books). Please contact me for more information at postpositionsbooks@gmail.com.

Recently I moved the books that have sold to down below the books still in inventory. The books at the top of this page are all still available.

75 Years – The Aga Khan’s Racing and Breeding Stud, 1922-1997, compiled and published by Georg Lange, Germany, 1998 (signed, book #319 out of 333)

The Aga Khan: Prince, prophet and sportsman, by Stanley Jackson, 1952

*Bloodstock Breeding, by Sir Charles Leicester, 1983

Bloodstock: Breeding Winners in Europe and America, by James Gill, 1977 (Elm Tree Books)

Braddock’s Complete Guide to Horse Race Selection and Betting; with Statistical Information by ‘Racing Post,’ by Peter Braddock, 1990

Branston Abby: Record Breaker, by Michael Tanner, 1997

Bred to Run: The Making of a Thoroughbred, by Mike Helm, 1993

The Breed of the Racehorse, by Friedrich Becker, 1936 (added 11/10/11)

Breeding To Race, by Sir Rhys Llewellyn, 1964 (added 10/3/11)

Breeding Racehorses from Cluster Mares, by Dennis Craig, 1964 (added 11/10/11)

British Racing Prints, 1700-1940, by Charles Lane, 1990

Buying and Reschooling Ex-Racehorses, by Christopher and Victoria Coldrey, 1997

The Byerley Turk: Three Centuries of the Tail Male Racing Lines, by K.M. Haralambos, 1990

(Cassell’s) The Book of the Horse: (Thorough-bred, Half-bred, Cart-bred), Saddle and Harness, British and Foreign, with hints on horsemanship; the management of the stable; breeding, breaking, and training for the road, the park, and the field, by Samuel Sidney, 1879

Class Racehorses Australia and New Zealand, 1997-98, Volume 15, AAP Racing Information Services, 1998

*Classform 1987 – Assessments of Leading American Racehorses, by Donald Lesh (Editor) and Anthony Cobitz (Editor), 1988

*The Classic Racehorse, by Peter Willett, 1989

Dark Horse: Unraveling the Mystery of Nearctic, by Muriel Lennox, 2001

Dessie: a Year in the Life of Desert Orchid, by Michael Tanner, 1989

*Development of Successful Thoroughbred Sire Lines in England and France, by Achille de Biase, 1961

Eight Flat-Racing Stables, by John Rickman, 1979

English Racing Stables, by Andrew Sim, 1993

*Famous Running Horses, Their Forebears and Descendants, by Colonel John F. Wall, 1949

Flying Ace: The Story of a Racing Legend, by Neil Clark, 1992

Fred Archer: His Life and Times, by John Welcome, 1967

From Rags to Riches; The Horses that have made Racing Pay, by John Budden, 1994

Great Racehorse Trainers, by Tim Fitzgeorge-Parker, 1975

Great Races, by Sean Magee, 1990

Grundy: The Making of a Derby Winner, by Tim Fitzgeorge-Parker, 1976 (2 copies)

H.H. Aga Khan’s Irish and French Studs 1980: H.H. Aga Khan’s Stallions, Brood Mares, Horses in Training, Yearlings, and Foals, 1980

H.H. Aga Khan’s Irish and French Studs 1981: H.H. Aga Khan’s Stallions, Brood Mares, Horses in Training, Yearlings, and Foals, 1981

H.H. Aga Khan’s Irish and French Studs 1983: H.H. Aga Khan’s Stallions, Brood Mares, Horses in Training, Yearlings, and Foals, 1983

H.H. Aga Khan’s Irish and French Studs 1984: H.H. Aga Khan’s Stallions, Brood Mares, Horses in Training, Yearlings, and Foals, 1984

H.H. Aga Khan’s Irish and French Studs 1986: H.H. Aga Khan’s Stallions, Brood Mares, Horses in Training, Yearlings, and Foals, 1986

H.H. Aga Khan’s Irish and French Studs 1987-88: H.H. Aga Khan’s Stallions, Brood Mares, Horses in Training, Yearlings, and Foals, 1987-88

*A History of the English Turf 1904-1930: Supplementary to the History of the English Turf by Sir T.A. Cook, Volumes 1 and 2, by Captain T.H. Browne, 1931 (2 books)

Horses, breeding to colour, by Walter Gilbey, 1912

Horsesweat and Tears: A year in John Dunlop’s racing stable, by Simon Barnes, 1988

How to Breed a Racehorse, by Michael Miller (signed), 1951

Hyperion, Introduced by The Earl of Derby and edited by Clive Graham, 1967 (first edition) (2 copies)

In Search of Shergar, by Colin Turner, 1984

Inbreeding to Superior Females Using the Rasmussen Factor to Produce Better Racehorses, by Rommy Faversham and Leon Rasmussen (signed, inscribed), 1999

An Introduction to the Thoroughbred, by Peter Willett, 1975

*Keylock’s Dams of Winners of All Flat Races in Great Britain and Ireland 1948 to 1956: The Definitive Volume for the Above Years, compiled by Andrew Johnstone, 1957

Knight of the Turf: The Life and Times of Sir Gordon Richards, by Michael Seth-Smith, 1980

The Lonsdale Library of Sports, Games and Pastimes, Volume 28: Flat Racing, by A.W. Coaten, C.C. Edmunds, F. Fox, the Rt. Hon. The Lord Hamilton of Dalzell, Kt., John Hervey, H.S. Persse, Lt.-Col. P.E. Ricketts, D.S.O., M.V.O., Prof. J.B. Robertson, M.R.C.V.S. (Mankato), Col. C.E. Wilkinson, C.B.E., D.S.O., edited by The Rt. Hon. the Earl of harewood, K.G. and Lt.-Col. P.E. Ricketts, D.S.O., M.V.O., 1928

A Map of the Newmarket Area Showing Historic Stud Farms and Their Famous Stallions, no author, 1996

Months of Misery, Moments of Bliss: The Biography of Hampshire Trainer Bill Wightman, by Alan Yuill Walker, 1995

More Great Racehorses of the World, by Roger Mortimer and Peter Willett, 1972

The Names They Give Them, compiled by J.B. Faulconer, edited by Jim and Suzanne Bolus, 1998

Northern Dancer: The Legend and His Legacy, by Muriel Lennox, 1995  – SIGNED –  Publisher’s bookplate stuck to inside front cover, with the signature: “Marianna Haun,” who analyzed and wrote about Northern Dancer in her second book on the X-factor

Out of the Ruck: Advice to the National Hunt Breeder, Owner and Trainer, by Lt.-Col. R.G. Fenwick-Palmer, 1961

Owning a Thoroughbred, edited by Tracy Gantz, 1990

*Pedigrees of Leading Winners 1960-1980, compiled by Martin Pickering and Michael Ross, 1981

The Quest, by Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa, 1980

Race of the Century: Grundy and Bustino at Ascot, by Christopher Hawkins, 1976

The Racehorse in Training, by William Day and Alfred J. Day, 1925

Racehorses of 1995, a Timeform Publication, 1996

Scapa Flow: A Great Brood Mare, written for The Earl of Derby by The Hon. George Lambton, 1937 (extremely rare)

Shergar: Discover the Heart of a Champion: Based on a True Story (1999) [VHS] (new)

Silver Buck, by Andrew Hoyle, 1984

*Sires of Winners: The stallion side of breeding and racing, by Richard C Templer, 1949 (2 volumes) (now have a second 2-volume set, as of 10/3/11)

Stable Management for the Owner-Groom, by George Wheatley, 1973

The Tack-Box Guide for Riders, by Rachel Smith and Hugh Smith, no date

*The Tesio Myth, Frank Varola, 1984 (first edition)

That’s Racing, edited by Peter O’Sullevan and Sean Magee, forward by HRH The Princess Royal, 1996

Thoroughbred Champions: Top 100 Racehourses of the 20th Century, by The Staff of Blood-Horse Publications, 1999

*Thoroughbred Pedigrees Simplified, by Miles Napier, 1973 (hard cover)

Thoroughbred Studs of Great Britain, by Alan Yuill Walker, 1991 (2 copies)

Thoroughbred Types 1900-1925: Race Horses, Steeplechasers, Hunters, and Polo Ponies, by W.S. Vosburgh and others, 1926, edition of 250, of which this is #97.

Through the Pages of Daily Racing Form, by John McEvoy with Illustrations by Peb, 1995

To Become a Racehorse Trainer, by Joe Hartigan, 1977

Traits of a Winner: The Formula for Developing Thoroughbred Racehorses, by Carl A. Nafzger, 1994 (added on 10/3/11)

*Treasures of the Bloodstock Breeders’ Review, by Miles Napier and Leon Rasmussen, 199o (2 copies)

Vincent O’Brien: The Master of Ballydoyle, by Raymond Smith, 1990 (hard cover)

Vincent O’Brien: The Master of Ballydoyle, by Raymond Smith, 1992 (paperback)

Wild About Horses; Our Timeless Passion for the Horse, by Lawrence Scanlan, 1998

Winter’s Tale; Study of a Stable, by Ivor Herbert, 1974

Already sold:

The Anatomy of the Horse (with 36 Full-Page Plates), by George Stuffs, 1976

Backyard Race Horse: The Training Manual; A Comprehensive off-track program for owners and trainers., by Janet Del Castillo with Lois Schwartz, 1996

*Bloodstock Breeding, by Sir Charles Leicester, 1957 (fifth reprint, with revisions)

The Body Language of Horses: Revealing the Nature of Equine Needs, Wishes and Emotions and How Horses Communicate Them – For Owners, Breeders, Trainers, Ricers and All Other Horse Lovers – Including Handicappers, by Tom Ainslie and Bonnie Ledbetter, 1980

Breeding Assessments 1991, by S.I.E. Green, 1991

*Champions: The Lives, Times, and Past Performances of the 20th Century’s Greatest Thoroughbreds

Cherry and Black: The Career of Mr. Pierre Lorillard on the Turf (first edition), by Walter Spencer Vosburgh, 1916

“Conditioning to Win,” by Don M. Wagoner, 1974

Conversations with Horse; an uncommon dialog of equine wisdom, by Kate Solisti-Mattelon, 2004

Desert Orchid: Story of a Champion, by Jonathan Powell, 1989

Dr. Fager: Thoroughbred Legends, by Steve Haskin, 2000

*Dynasties; Great Thoroughbred Stallions, by Edward L. Bowen, 2000

Equine Genetics & Selection Procedures, by the research staff of Equine Research, Inc., editor/publisher Don M. Wagoner, and veterinary research editors Lorraine Chalkley , M.S., D.V.M., and W.R. Cook, F.R.C.V.S., Ph.D., 1973

“Feeding to Win” II, by the research staff of Equine Research, Inc., editor/publisher Don M. Wagoner, and research editor Frederick Harper, Ph.D, 1992

Finishing Post: The Autobiography of Charlie Smirke, by Charlie Smirke, 1960

*The First Century: Daily Racing Form Chronicles 100 years of Thoroughbred Racing, by Joe Hirsch, 1996

The First Scientific Principles of Thoroughbred Breeding Part 1,2, by Harold Hampton, 1954, 1956

Forty years of Peb: The racing world in sketch and caricature, by Pierre Bellocq, 1995

Francois Baucher: The Man and His Method, by Hilda Nelson, 1992 (rare!)

*The Functional Development of the Thoroughbred

Great Breeders & Their Methods, by Abram S Hewitt

*Great Racehorses of the World, by Roger Mortimer and Peter Willett, 1969

The Greatest Show on Turf: A History of the Breeders’ Cup, by Perry Lefko, 1996

The Grey Horse: True Story of Desert Orchid, by Richard Burridge, 1992

Horse and Pony Coat Colors (Allen Photographic Guides), by Carole Knowles-Pfeiffer, 2000

The Horse Buyer’s Notebook, by the staff of the The Russell Meerdink Company, Ltd., with illustrations by Shawn McAfee

Horse Color Explained: A Breeder’s Perspective, by Jeanette Gower, 2000

Horsetrader; Robert Sangster and the Rise and Fall of the Sport of Kings, by Patrick Robinson with Nick Robinson, 1994

Horses: Photographs, by Michael Eastman, 2003

Inside the Horse: An examination of the horse’s system in illness and health, by Peter D. Rossdale, M.A., F.R.C.V.S., 1976

Joe Taylor’s Complete Guide to Breeding and Raising Racehorses: Advice from America’s Master Horseman, by Joseph Lannon Taylor, 1993 (added 10/3/11)

Let’s Breed a Champion Racehorse, by Jack Glengarry, 2000

Lightning in a Jar (new), by W. Cothran Campbell and D. Wayne Lukas, 2000

Man O’War, by Page Cooper and Roger L. Treat, 1950 (first edition)

Nashua: Racing’s High-Society Horse (Thoroughbred Legends series, #8), by Edward L. Bowen, 2001

Nijinsky: Blue Riband Sire, by Lesley I. Sampson, 1985

Nijinsky: Triple Crown winner, by Richard Baerlein, 1971

Northern Dancer: The Legend and His Legacy, by Muriel Lennox, 1995

Northern Dancer: The Legend and His Legacy, by Muriel Lennox, 1995

The Phar Lap Story, by Michael Wilkinson, 1983

Racehorse Breeding Theories, by Frank Mitchell, Ph.D., 2004

Reflections in a Silver Spoon: A Memoir, by Paul Mellon with John Baskett, 1992

*The Science of Bloodstock Breeding, by B. Vijay, 1991

Scientific Principles of Thoroughbred Breeding Part 3, Harold Hampton, Assembled by Clive Hampton, 1997

Seabiscuit: Special Illustrated Collector’s Edition: An American Legend (new)

Secretariat, by Raymond G. Woolfe, 1998 (signed)

Shergar and the Aga Khan’s Thoroughbred Empire, by Richard Baerlein, 1985

A Sound of Horses: The world of racing from Eclipse to Kelso, by David Alexander, 1966 (first edition)

Spectacular Bid: Racing’s Horse of Steel (Thoroughbred Legends series, #9), by Timothy T. Capps, 2001

Stallions: Their Management and Handling, by Neil Dougall, 1973

Starting Colts: Catching/Sacking Out/Driving/First Ride/First 30 Days/Loading, by Mike Kevil, 1990 (first edition)

The Story of Kelso, by Mrs. Richard C. DuPont (Introduction), 1965

The Story of Mill Reef, by John Oaksey, 1974 (2 copies)

Stud-Book Lore: Being Reproductions of articles dealing with the Racehorse, and various other subjects connected with Country Life and Pursuits, Written between 1904-1938, by by C.M & F.M. Prior, 1951

Sunday Silence: Racing’s Hard Luck Hero (Thoroughbred Legends series, #12), by Ray Paulick, 2001

Sunny Jim: The life of America’s most beloved horseman James Fitzsimmons, by Jimmy Breslin, 1962

Teaching Safe Horsemanship: A Guide to English and Western Instruction, by Jan Dawson, 2003

The Tesios as I Knew Them, by Mario Incisa Della Rochetta, 1940 (signed, inscribed, some underlining)

*Thoroughbred Breeding: Notes and Comments, by Mordaunt Milner, 1987

*Thoroughbred Pedigrees Simplified, by Miles Napier, 1998 (paperback)

Thoroughbred Style: Racing dynasties – the horses, the owners, the studs, by Anne Lambton and John Offen, with a foreword by The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Derby M.C.

Those Lambtons!: A most unusual family, by Sir John Colville, 1988

*Training Thoroughbred Horses, by Preston M. Burch, 1976

A Treatise on Thoroughbred Selection, by Donald Lesh, 1940

Understanding the Power of the X Factor: Patterns of Heart Score and Performance, by Marianna Haun, 2001 (Publisher’s bookplate, signed “Marianna Haun,” stuck to inside front cover.) – SOLD

Upgrading Thoroughbred Families: Using the Guidelines Laid Down By Federico Tesio, by Jack Glengarry, 1995

Vincent O’Brien’s Great Horses, by Ivor Herbert and Jacqueline O’Brien, 1984

The Will to Win: Ron Turcotte’s Ride to Glory, by Bill Heller, with Ron Turcotte, SIGNED by Ron Turcotte, 1992

The X Factor: What It Is & How to Find It: The Relationship Between Inherited Heart Size and Racing Performance, by Marianna Haun, 1997 (1 copy)

The X Factor: What It Is & How to Find It: The Relationship Between Inherited Heart Size and Racing Performance, by Marianna Haun, 1997 (new and signed, on publisher’s bookplate)

Removed from Inventory:
Blessed are the Foals, by M. Phyllis Lose, V.M.D., 1987
Bred to Run: The Making of a Thoroughbred, by Mike Helm, 1993
The Brigadier: The Story of Brigadier Gerard, by John Hislop, 1973
Estes Formula for Breeding Stakes Winners, by Joseph A. Estes, 1998
Finding Hot Horses: How to Spot Winners that the Average Bettor Overlooks, by Vincent Reo, 1993
Fit to Show: The Guide to Grooming Your Horse, by Frank Madden and Bill Cooney, 1985
Horse Breeding and Stud Management, by Henry Wynmalen, 1971 (1976 reprint)
The Horse Traders; Inside the billion dollar breeding industry that rules racing today, by Steven Crist, 1986
How to Buy a Horse Without Being Taken for a Ride, by Peter Brown, 1997
Inside Horseracing; An Invaluable Guide for Owners or Bettors, by Joseph B. Davidson, D.V.M., 1971
*International Stallions and Studs: The Founders of Modern World Racing, By Michael Seth-Smith, 1974
My Story, by Sir Gordon Richards, 1955
No Easy Trip: The Jockeys’ Story From the Triumph of Sandy Hawley to the Tragedy of Danny Beckon, by Jean Sonmor, 1988
Owning a Racehorse, by Diane Harvey, 1989
The Personality of the Horse, by Brandt and Edward Sagarin Aymer, 1963
Race of the Century: Grundy and Bustino at Ascot, by Christopher Hawkins, 1976 (1 copy)
Simple Steps to Riding Success, by Liz Morrison, 2002
Stud: Adventures in Breeding, by Kevin Conley, 2002
Thoroughbred Style: Racing dynasties – the horses, the owners, the studs, by Anne Lambton and John Offen, with a foreword by The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Derby M.C.
Understanding and Training Horses, by A. James Ricci, 1964
Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc., America’s Premier Racing Dynasty, by Ann Hagedorn Auerbach, 1995
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2 Comments
  1. Firebrand permalink

    Hi Kaycie,

    I am interested in some of the books that you have listed. How do I contact you to get more information about them?

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