Monday, May 30, 2016

Vintage Equine Pt 2 - Bibliophile

Welcome to the second installment of my three part series on antique and vintage horse items. You can read part one here

Today's entry is called Bibliophile. Pulled off an endangered species, the bookshelf, we will be flipping through six different equestrian books published years ago. I can only assume that at least a few of you will enjoy a peek inside these old, musty paper jewels.

Like the previous entry, we'll begin with the first, the one that ignited my fondness of old books and got the rest of the collection started.



Heads Up - Heels Down by C.W. Anderson. 

I acquired this book from my middle school library. My class was the last to complete all three years (5th, 6th, 7th) in the old school house before it was condemned. It was the town's first school, built in the twenties and originally housing all twelve grades. The hardwood floors were treated in an oil based finish and the fire dept said if the school caught fire it would be completely engulfed in about three minutes. Yikes.

The library sent the good books to the new school and students were allowed to pick what they wanted from the leftovers. I have always loved books, I knew this copy was in the library and figured it was old enough to be in the give away pile. First chance I had, I went to the library and claimed it as my own.

Heads Up - Heels Down was written for a younger audience, probably tweens, and covers all the basics. First published in 1944, this copy is the eighth printing from 1961. It was printed in the USA and was lithographed by George C. Miller. Measures 9" x 7".

rough library copy

well rounded



i guess people have been all "judgy judgy" on
others' eq for years with a caption like that

I took this book home for good in 1992




The Observer's Book of Horses & Ponies, written by R.S. Summerhays

I have no idea where I got this, seems like maybe an antique store? I just can't say for sure. It's been on my bookshelf for years. It's small, but a super fun little read. The descriptions of the breeds are short and fact packed, perfect! Most have good photos accompanying them. The inside covers & adjoining pages have four different point charts for quick reference. Though small, the space was used wisely. This is a British book originally published in 1948. My copy is revised edition 1961. Measures 5.75" x 3.75"


front inside

back inside







Fun On Horseback by Margaret Cabell Self

Page 3 of this book begins with handling your new foal in the first twenty four hours before it develops a sense of fear. By page 34 you are doing light dressage :) After that, there's a good twenty pages on all kinds of mounted games and trick training. Some I want to try, some are just absurd. The entire second half of the 224 page book is kind of a let down. It's all military drill requiring twenty or thirty horses. I guess a pony club or summer riding camp could have practiced the drills but for the average everyday rider it's not realistic at all. Even so, it's still considered a welcome member of my old book collection. This book is copyright 1945, I have the third printing which is also 1945. Looks like the demand was underestimated. Printed in USA in accordance with the regulations of the War Production Board, interesting. Measures 9" x 6" 

nothing impressive



maze jumping sounds fun, would be cool to watch
 a bunch of advanced riders & see the different
 ways the course would ride

who's ready for this one?







Stable Wise by Lieut. Col. S.G. Goldschmidt

This one doesn't cover riding at all. It is 176 pages of horse husbandry and tack care. Very thorough book for the young cavalryman and civilian alike. Loaded with illustrations, especially concerning leg maintenance and conformation both good & bad. Most of what's in this book is still relevant today and I've learned quite a bit from it myself. Printed in Great Britain in 1934, originally published 1928. Measures 8.5" x 5.5"



printed on both front & back inside covers,
and the most awesome graphics everrrrrr



yes please

odds and ends, probably what the
artist just felt like drawing at the time




Horses, Saddles and Bridles by General W.H. Carter

The oldest horse book on my shelf, and also the most aesthetic cover of the bunch. Copyright 1895, mine's printed in 1906. It's a military textbook and loaded with over 400 pages of need to know for the newly enlisted, including near and off side profiles of every major foreign cavalry and drawings of their tack and equipment. Written when horseback combat was still a very real thing. Measures 8" x 6.25"



how 'bout that right arm?

you go, Chappie


those hands, predecessors of today's clip art.
also i feel really bad for this pony



they did things a little different back then




Riding by Benjamin Lewis 

I saved the best (IMO) for last. This book was approached from such a unique point of view. The author selected a horse and rider from a pool of contenders, built various scaffolding for his photography, and documented the transformation of the new team to a well educated pair. The instruction is clear and concise, the pictures are of the highest quality. This book was copyright 1936 and published in 1939, and measures 10" x 7.5".



selection of rider and horse

meet Cadet






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