The Sporting Kalendar.
POND John (1754.)
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HORSE RACING AND COCKFIGHTING
Containing a distinct account of what Plates and Matches have been run for in 1754, an article for making a Newmarket Match, certificates to prove a Qualification of a Horse, a Table shewing what Weight Horses are to carry for the Give and Take Plates, from Thirteen to Fifteen Hands high.
Fourth Edition. 12mo (157 x 96mm). xxxvi, 204 pp. Title-page a little browned at the edges by the turn-ins, a few minor spots but otherwise very clean. Contemporary calf, covers ruled in gilt, spine tooled in gilt and dated "1754" (label missing from the second panel, rubbed and scuffed, joints just starting, pastedowns unstuck).
London: by G. Woodfall, 
ESTC records five copies in the UK and five in the USA. First published in 1751 and re-published each year up to 1757.
A pocket-sized guide to the English horse racing calendar for 1754 with lists of the horse running, the owners and prizes. With details on the various rules and regulations and, at the end, details of cock fighting matches. There are also advertisements for stud horses with an account of their lineage. A fascinating insight into 18th century horse racing.
Provenance: James Pennant, signature dated "1807" on the front flyleaf.
Stock Code: 243192