For years I was afraid of these large…beautiful, but large…animals. But since my husband got me interested in watching the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes races a couple of years ago, and I’ve now visited some of these thoroughbreds “up close and personal” in Lexington, KY, I’ve come to appreciate their grace, beauty, and amazing talent. Since I’m looking forward to an October trip to “horse country”, I thought I’d see how horses are portrayed in some of our RBR volumes. Some are images; some are stories and poems.
Take a look!
England, my England, and other stories / D. H. Lawrence. New York: T. Seltzer, 1922. 1st edition.
Beasts and Saints; woodcuts by Robert Gibbings. London: Constable, 1934. (Stories of beasts and saints from the end of the fourth to the end of the twelfth century, translated from the original Latin.)
The Book of Days of Llewelyn Powys: thoughts from his philosophy / selected by John Wallis. With 12 etchings by Elizabeth Corsellis. London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1937. (Limited to 300 copies printed on Batchelor hand-made paper with a special watermark designed by the artist.)
Editor’s Choice / Alfred Dashiell. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1934. 1st edition. (This was the first time that William Faulkner’s story, Spotted Horses, appeared in book form.)
Emblematum Libellus / Andrea Alciata. Lvgdvni: Jacobus Modernus, 1544. (With woodcut emblems.)
Romance of Tristan and Iseult. Drawn from the best French sources and re-told by J. Bedier. Illustrated by Robert Engles. Translated into English by H. Belloc. London: George Allen, 1903. (Limited edition of 300 copies.)
The Five Nations / Rudyard Kipling. London: Methuen, 1903. 1st edition. (Contains the short story, White Horses.)
Gauchos of the Pampas and their horses / W. H. Hudson and R. B. Cunninghame Graham; Foreword by J. Frank Dobie.
In the Clearing / Robert Frost. New York: Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1962. (Includes the poem, The Draft Horse.)