Horse Books

Picture books and juveniles about horses, both realistic and imagined. We try to mention breed if this is clear. Because we love horses and horse books we'll sometimes list ones here that have a few more condition flaws than usual, usually jacket issues.

Mr. Peck's Pets by Louise Seaman /Berta & Elmer Hader, illustrators.
Seaman, Louise.
/Berta & Elmer Hader, illustrator.

The amusing story of Mr. Peck, his wife, and the idiosyncrasies of his various pets, which run to dachshunds and horses. The Pecks' menagerie follows them from a city apartment to a small farm. Based on the experiences of a friend of the author.

Macmillan, 1947, stated 1st printing. Orange paper boards with blue dachshunds stamped, white endpapers with blue landscape and all the animals along front, in blue jacket with portraits of animals across top and thin coral bands; 6.5x8.75", 96 pp.
CONDITION: Very Good with Very Good jacket; bottom edges worn, spine ends bumped; in attractive jacket with slight rubs at extrems, top spine worn 1/4" and two 3/8" tears; unclipped 2.00.
19825 The Child's Black Beauty by Sewell
Sewell, Anna

Really nice colored illustrations. The cover illustration, repeated within, seems to be from John Beer drawing of a Jorrock's 1894 version, a lovely drawing of a horse, widely used in republications. (I think they have changed the tail!). It is difficult to date these Graham booklet series without owner inscriptions, but this date seems to be the consensus for the Mother Goose series; background on the front is the same as the Childland series, on the back different. Only the beautiful condition of this book makes the date suspect.

New York: Charles E. Graham & Co., Mother Goose Booklet Series #0901 Newark, NJ: Charles E. Graham & Co., Childland Booklet Series 0903, [191?], paper covered boards with landscape in greens and pinks with framed printed picture of Black Beauty under a tree (not pasted-on); red and black outlined titles, on the back, birds swoop in the sunset above the wrap-around lake; 5 chromolitho illustrations and fairly dense text; 4.5" x 8.5".
CONDITION: Very Good Plus, no names or other marks, four tiny (1/16" or less) rubs on spine, and top corners, otherwise tight, bright, appears unread and as new.
The Wild-Horse Trap by Dale White /Richard Bennett, illustrator.
White, Dale.
/Richard Bennett, illustrator.

When Rob's father was suspected of being involved in a stagecoach robbery, Rob was ordered out of town. He hid in the hills behind the city, determined to solve the mystery. A vivid picture of life in early racing stables in Montana in the 1880's. SIGNED by author on half title.

Viking, 1955, 1st printing; 192 pp.
CONDITION: Fine in Near Fine jacket; only flaw is clipped jacket.
20679 Four Horses for Tishtry Yarbro
Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn.

Tishtry, a slave girl at the time of the Roman Empire and a talented stunt rider has only one desire, to buy freedom for her family and herself. Her experiences in the sophisticated society of Rome. Author's second book for young adults.

New York: Harper & Row, 1985 stated 1st; green reinforced binding, orange- yellow endpapers, in jacket with same colour titles and chariot entering the sandy arena; 8vo; 218 pp
CONDITION: Near Fine in Near Fine jacket; unclipped 11.89.