First American Stud Book
First American Stud Book
601 pages. Octavo. 28 cm.
Edgar, Patrick Nisbett. The American Race-Turf Register, Sportsman's herald, and general stud book : containing the pedigrees of the most celebrated horses, mares, and geldings, that have distinguished themselves as racers on the American turf from one quarter of a mile race up to four miles and repeat ; also, such as have been kept in the stud - as stallions and mares for breeding, from the earliest period to the present time: and from which have descended the most valuable blooded stock at present in the United States ...
New York: Press of Henry Mason, 76, Maiden Lane. Printed for the Proprieters, Patrick N. Edgar & Co., 1833. Compiled from the papers, letters, memorandums, stud-books, and newspapers, of the most celebrated and distinguished sportsmen ; Also, from other sources of the most correct information, by Patrick Nisbett. Edgar of Granville County, North Carolina.
601 pages. Octavo. 28 cm. A landmark sporting book. First edition. Original full calf with polished leather spine label hand tooled in gilt. Period ownership signature of Joshua Clements of Southwest Ohio on front paste down and title page.
Covers show very brief wear and minor loss to leather at corners. Front outer joint is cracking just a little at the top. Remains a sturdy copy in very good condition. Rare, thus.
Title page states: "In Two Vols. --- Vol. 1." A second volume was never published.
Gee: EARLY AMERICAN SPORTING BOOKS 1734-1844, pp. 50-52: "This was the first Stud Book published in America. Its author devoted eighteen years to traveling in various sections of the United States, and in carrying on an extensive correspondence with gentlemen in this country as well as in Europe. He had access to the books, papers, memoranda, newspapers, etc. of upwards of eight hundred gentlemen now deceased through the kindness of their families. In his introduction he speaks of a second edition, that would correct errors, also of a second volume to be published at a later period. Neither a second edition of volume one or volume two were ever issued, and I do not think that even sufficient support was forthcoming to pay for the first. The Sportsmen of the day, although they realized what Mr. Edgar had done for the good of the Sport, gave very little practical support to his efforts."
AMERICAN IMPRINTS, 18658.
RAYMOND: CATALOGUE OF BOOKS ON ANGLING, SHOOTING, FIELD SPORTS, NATURAL HISTORY, THE DOG, GUN, HOSE RACING AND KINDRED SUBJECTS (New York, 1904) p. 35.
THORNTON, A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF NORTH CAROLINA, 8384.