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    [Horses]. [Joseph Battell, illustrator]. The Morgan Horse and Register. Middlebury: Register, American Publishing, 1894, 1905. First edition. With original art by Homer Davenport.

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    Two small quarto volumes. xx, 996; [xxxii], 635, [5], [1, blank] pages. With double-page pedigree of Justin Morgan, folding small map of the United States (in volume I) and numerous illustrations (photographic illustrations in volume II) inserted throughout. Bound in similar (though not quite uniform) brown morocco over brown cloth boards, spines ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, marbled endleaves. Volume I rebacked, preserving most of the original spine, bindings worn and soiled, some damage and soiling to endleaves in both volumes. Still, a good set.

    On the second binder's blank in volume I is an original drawing of "Haleb" by his owner, Homer Davenport, with the following inscription beneath the profile drawing: "My Important Arabian horse that won the "Justin's Morgan Cup" Rutland, VT 1907. Haleb is a solid brown 14-2 weighing 960 lbs. A Managieh Sbeili, bred by Mr. Sebba Anezeh imported to America as a 5 year old in 1906, by a special [?] of Abdull [sic] Hamid Sultan of Turkey. Homer Davenport N.Y. 1909". Davenport (1867-1912) was a prominent political cartoonist for the Hearst papers, and was one of the first American breeders of Arabian horses. In 1900, Davenport had bought Haleb from the Nazin Pasha, the governor of Aleppo and Syria - even at this time the horse was known as the "Pride of the Desert." On June 17, 1907, Haleb won the Morgan Cup against nineteen Morgan horses, and made history - winning proving to American breeders that Arabian horses were fine horses worth breeding.

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