The Courser's Companion. The Breeders Guide. Thomas Thacker. Greyhounds. Two Volumes. 1834. Extremely Rare Antique Dog Books. Francis P. Fretwell Collection.

The Courser's Companion.  The Breeders Guide.  Thomas Thacker.  Greyhounds.  Two Volumes.  1834.  Extremely Rare Antique Dog Books.  Francis P. Fretwell Collection.

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The Courser's Companion.  The Breeders Guide.  Thomas Thacker.  Greyhounds.  Two Volumes.  1834.  Extremely Rare Antique Dog Books.  Francis P. Fretwell Collection.
The Courser's Companion.  The Breeders Guide.  Thomas Thacker.  Greyhounds.  Two Volumes.  1834.  Extremely Rare Antique Dog Books.  Francis P. Fretwell Collection.
The Courser's Companion.  The Breeders Guide.  Thomas Thacker.  Greyhounds.  Two Volumes.  1834.  Extremely Rare Antique Dog Books.  Francis P. Fretwell Collection.
The Courser's Companion.  The Breeders Guide.  Thomas Thacker.  Greyhounds.  Two Volumes.  1834.  Extremely Rare Antique Dog Books.  Francis P. Fretwell Collection.

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One of the many books from the Estate of Francis P. Fretwell that we will be selling. The library is the largest privately owned collection of dog books in the world. Mr. Fretwell was the owner of Monfret Kennels, which bred champion standard poodles. He was former president and governor of the Poodle Club of America, and the Italian Greyhound Club of America. He also served as a delegate to the American Kennel Club for decades. His wonderful collection of books has been carefully maintained. *** he Courser’s Companion. By Thomas Thacker, (“a Experienced Courser”, pseud.). Derby, UK: S. T. Probett, 2nd ed., revised and enlarged. Vol. I: 1834. 279p. 2 diagrams. Deals exclusively with Rules for the Decision of Courses, for regulating the order of the field and with history and antiquity of the sport. Vol. II: 1835, 479p. 4 engraved portraits of Greyhounds. Relates to the breeding of other animals as well as Greyhounds, the rearing of them and other connected subjects. Ends with a hunting song by the author. This work appears to be rare in the U.S. The only other known copies here are at the University of California at Berkley and the Peabody Institute. No British or American auction record 1981 back to 1950 has been found but it is listed in Massey’s 1945 catalogue, q.v., 1829 ed. Jones Nº 1210 is without attribution. Good Minus. Shaken. Labels removed from spine. Some foxing. “Second and best edition. Containing more Greyhound lore than any previous or later publication…the work ends with the very rare instance in an English dog book on feeding and conditioning the Fighting Dog.” –Gerald Massey, A Show Catalogue of Dog Books, Paintings & Prints, 1945. “Mr. Thacker’s two volumes contain a vast amount of useful and interesting matter, but with the good corn there is much chaff…As a Coursing Judge he certainly astonishes the reader of his notes, by the extent of his knowledge of the merits of the greyhound, but as a Greyhound- manager, from a want of experience, he was obliged to obtain his information from others…Since his time nothing of any value has appeared”. –Dr. J. H. Walsh (“Stonehenge”), The Greyhound, 1853, p. 165. “…in 1829 a small book on coursing named The Courser’s Companion, which later he explains in a new and greatly enlarged edition…was anonymously produced the better to hear criticism without bias “Thomas Thacker, a coursing celebrity, …brought out more or less anonymously in 1829 a small book on coursing named The Courser’s Companion, years later Thacker packed a muddle of information, historical, ancient and modern…When asked by Lord Rivers as to what his qualifications were to be a judge at Newmarket or Swaffham Club meetings, Mr. Hoskine, the celebrated courser and breeder, had replied,“Why, my Lords, He has an eye like an hawk; he is as deaf as a post; and he rides like the devil”. Mr. Fretwell's bookplates on front fixed endpapers.

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