Rare early edition of Britain’s General Stud Book for auction

stud-bookAn early edition of the General Stud Book is going under the hammer next month in a sale of manuscripts and other bibliographic material in Britain.

Created by James Weatherby, the General Stud-Book contains pedigrees of racehorses up to 1807. Inserted into the studbook are letters between Weatherby and the Duke of Leeds, George Godolphin Osborne, which date between the December 10 and 18, 1835, with an account of the latter’s stud and his “Thunderbolt Mare”, along with various breeding lines and foaling dates.

It has a pre-auction estimate of between £300 and £400.

James Weatherby was the Jockey Club secretary in 1770 and the founder of Weatherbys, an authority on British Thoroughbred breeding.

The General Stud Book is still published by Weatherbys every four years and records the breeding records for Thoroughbreds in Britain and Ireland.

The volume is being sold at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions Bibliophile Sale on April 10, at Baverstock House in Godalming, Surrey.

weatherbysIt was printed by Henry Raynell in 1808, and is described as having some light soiling and browning. Included is an errata and an ‘Obituary of Stallions’ at the beginning.

The auctioneers describe the book as rare, with records found of only two other copies being auctioned. 

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