From Colonel to Subaltern: Some Keys for Horseowners (Lt. -Col. M. F. Mctaggart)

>From Colonel to Subaltern: Some Keys for Horseowners (Lt. -Col. M. F. Mctaggart) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Animal Horses section. priced at £15.00! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…

London: Country Life / New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white drawings; Colour drawings; Colour frontispiece; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: It can fairly be said that this will be something entirely unprecedented in horsey books. The text consists of a series of letters from a retired cavalry colonel to his son on buying, training, and looking after a mount, together with advice on hunting, point-to-point racing, show jumping, etc. Sound guidance, practically and clearly expressed, which will be of considerable value to every horseman and horsewoman. But the illustrations! Well, the reader can suppose that the Colonel, having decided to publish the letters, sent proofs for his son to look through. The son indiscreetly left them about the mess, and, brother officers having discovered them, the regimental wag and artist was incited to decorate them in a manner which was not exactly reverent. The son was aghast, but he had to return the proofs. The old man cursed and laughed alternately, for he discovered they were as humorous as they were knowledgeable. That is the plausible explanation which may be given here to describe the character of over 200 highly amusing drawings which make the book so unique. For the real explanation the public must wait until they see the book itself; it is equally amusing and also true.

Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss at the tail of the spine, faded there as a result. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but with a little tanning to start and finish.

Quarter-bound Beige on Red boards with Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 238 pages. 10″ x 7½”.

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