Cambridge at the University Press, Cambridge, 1905, first edition, hardback, no DJ, 8vo, pp xvi + 538, illustrations throughout the text including many photographs.
This work is an attempt to solve one of the chief problems of the history of the horse, the most important of all the animals domesticated by man; its origins and diversification. It considers not only all of the chief breeds of domestic horse known in historical times, but also makes a survey of all the other living Equidae, as well as the ancestors of the genus. The author has tried to trace historically the origin of the various colours found in domestic horses and at the same time has endeavoured to indicate the influence exercised on the history of the chief nations of the ancient, medieval and modern world by the possession of horses. The book ends at a point in history when the role of the horse was being overtaken by the internal combustion engine but was still considered central, just a decade before the Great War, to the effectiveness of an army.
Good condition. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering to front and spine. Boards show bumping to extremities and some rubbing to edges. Pages are tanned and there are some marks to the bottom edges. Tanning is most evident on free endpapers. Paper is cracked at front join of binding (see photo). There is a bookplate on the pastedown and a personal note on the front free endpaper dated 1905 (see photos).