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Breeding of Pure Bred Arab Horses.

Volumes I and II. [With:] ASHOUB, Dr Abdel Alim. History of the Royal Agricultural Society's Stud of Authentic Arabian Horses.

Cairo: Paul Barbey's Printing Office, & Imp. Misr, 1935-36 and 1948 Stock Code: 141617
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"The Arabian horse … should be looked upon with the veneration he deserves"

First editions. Superbly provenanced pairing of these rare and important monographs: the first work presented by the author, Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik, to Brigadier Sir Eugene Gorman at the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Race Meeting at Gaza in 1940, in turn presented by him to his son Pierre in 1944; with Sir Eugene's lengthy explanatory inscription in volume I and presentation inscription in volume II, addressed to Pierre, and the latter's bookplate in both.

Eugene "Pat" Gorman (1891-1973) was an eminent Australian barrister and army officer. He served with the 22nd Battalion AIF on the Western Front during the Great War, receiving the Military Cross, and published a short unit history. During 1940-42 he was based in Palestine and Egypt, serving as chief commissioner for the Australian Comforts Fund (ACF), and chief inspector, Army Administration under the AIF's Commander in the Middle East, Field Marshal Sir Thomas Albert Blamey. This brought him into contact with Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik and Emir Abdullah of Transjordan. He had a keen interest in horses and racing, Australian Dictionary of Biography describing him as "a successful punter and owner who raced his horses under the name 'G. Ornong'; he was a committee-member (1937-49, 1951-64) of the Victoria Racing Club and sat on its disciplinary tribunals". His son, Pierre Gorman (1924-2006) was born deaf and learnt to lip-read at an early age. At the time his father presented him with these books, he was studying agricultural science at the University of Melbourne (1942-49). He subsequently studied education, and in 1960 became the first deaf person to complete a PhD at Cambridge University. He worked as a librarian and academic specialising in education for children with disabilities at the Royal National Institute for the Deaf in London, then at Monash University in Melbourne. In 2008 the University of Melbourne published his Catalogue of Books on Cambridge.

The Ashoub volume also has an excellent provenance: inscribed at head of title page, "R. Schmidt MD, Malabar Farm, 2231 W. Grayson Rd, Modesto Calif 95357". Dr Ruth Schmidt was an important horse breeder and founder of the Malabar Arabian Stud in California; with a number of underlings, presumably made by her.

The Royal Agricultural Society of Egypt was established under royal patronage in 1898 and was responsible for creating the stud farms outside Cairo, at Kafr Farouk and Bahteem, with the purpose of attempting to halt the extinction of the pure bred Arabian horse. It sought to work with support from Saudi Arabia and Transjordan, and published four works on the subject during 1935-48, three of which are presented here (the other being Dr Ahmed Mabrouk's A Journey to Arabia, 1939).

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2 works in 3 volumes, octavo. Original pale green printed wrappers. Illustrated throughout with half-tone portraits and plates.


Illustrated throughout with halftone portraits and plates.


Without the title page to vol. I (although there is no sign at the inner margin of removal), wrappers a little stained, some loss of paper from spines, yet overall remarkably well preserved.


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