Newmarket & Arabia. An Examination of the Descent of Racers and Coursers.
8vo. XI, (1), 211, (1) pp. With a hand-coloured wood-engraved frontispiece and 4 large folding lithographed pedigree tables. Original burnt red cloth binding with giltstamped title to spine and upper cover.
Upton was one of the early experts on the bloodlines of British thoroughbreds. His book describes both the influence of the Arabian horse on the development of the English thoroughbred as well as many interesting aspects of the Arabian horse. Shortly after the publication of this work - intended to "point out errors that have been committed in the breeding of our horse" (p. iii) - he travelled in Arabia to obtain purebred horses and so improve the quality of British cavalry remounts. Upton served with the 9th Lancers.
Binding somewhat bumped and rubbed with traces of moisture to covers. Lightly browned throughout, paper brittle with occasional edge or corner flaws, frontispiece and title-page rather foxed. Rare.
Boyd/P. 130. Huth 273. OCLC 12795478.