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    12 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 133

    CAMERON, Sir Roderick William (1823-1900). AN IMPORTANT GROUP OF HORSE-RACING BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY OF SIR RODERICK WILLIAM CAMERON, founding member of the American Jockey Club at Jerome Park in 1866 and owner of the influential Clifton Berley Stud on Staten Island. A central figure in the revival of the sport of horse-racing in New York after the Civil War, in 1865 Cameron imported probably the single most influential group of horses to America from England in the modern history of the turf, amongst them the first and foremost of stallions Leamington (1853-1878). With a distinguished career winning races at Epsom, Goodwood and Ascot before his arrival in America, Leamington subsequently sired many famous winners including the colt Aristides, the first winner of the Kentucky Derby, and Iroquois, the first American bred horse to win the Epsom Derby.

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    CAMERON, Sir Roderick William (1823-1900). AN IMPORTANT GROUP OF HORSE-RACING BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY OF SIR RODERICK WILLIAM CAMERON, founding member of the American Jockey Club at Jerome Park in 1866 and owner of the influential Clifton Berley Stud on Staten Island. A central figure in the revival of the sport of horse-racing in New York after the Civil War, in 1865 Cameron imported probably the single most influential group of horses to America from England in the modern history of the turf, amongst them the first and foremost of stallions Leamington (1853-1878). With a distinguished career winning races at Epsom, Goodwood and Ascot before his arrival in America, Leamington subsequently sired many famous winners including the colt Aristides, the first winner of the Kentucky Derby, and Iroquois, the first American bred horse to win the Epsom Derby.

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    CAMERON, Sir Roderick William. Manuscript notebook used in preparation of The Catalogue of the Clifton Stud. [ca 1869]. 40 pages, 8o (163 x 198 mm) of 92-page notebook. Original green morocco (worn, with loss to the spine). Provenance: R.W. Cameron (additions and annotations); Duncan [Cameron], R.W.'s son (inscription).

    Recording in a clerical hand the pedigree of six Clifton Berley "Stud Stallions", nineteen "Brood Mares" and their produce to 1869, eleven "Horses in Training", four "Yearlings", nine "Foals of 1869 by Leamington." INSCRIBED BY CAMERON, who has added notes of the buyers of the yearlings, the dates the foals by Leamington were weaned, and has added to some of the other entries with details of joint ownership (Glengarry: "jointly owned with L.W. Jerome") and recorded some subsequent buyers (Hartington: "sold to D. Carter Brown 2' of Providence for $3500"). He has also added a list on one of the blank pages at the end of "Mares Served Last Time by Leamington" and Hampton Court.

    Catalogue of the Clifton Stud. New York: D. Appleton & Co., Stationers, [October, 1869]. 12o (164 x 105 mm). 12pp sewn as issued. (Edges chipped and stained.) Original lilac printed paper wrappers (detached, faded, edges chipped). Provenance: R.W. Cameron (penciled annotations).

    The Clifton Stud offered three of its most important stallions Leamington, Warminster, and Hampton Court, seventeen brood mares, some three year olds and yearlings for auction on the 15th October 1869. INSCRIBED BY CAMERON who has added a few penciled notes concerning pedigree to one or two entries for "Brood Mares." According to a report in the New York Times the following day the sale was not well attended and even the famous thoroughbred Leamington failed to attract a buyer. The stud held a further auction in 1871 and Leamington was eventually sold to Aristides Welch in 1872.


    COPPERTHWAITE, R.H. The Turf and the Racehorse. Describing Trainers and Training, the Stud-Farm, the Sires and Brood-Mares of the Past and Present, and How to Breed and Rear the Racehorse. London: Day and Son, Limited, 1865.

    8o (180 x 120 mm). (Some spotting.) Original green cloth, gilt, all edges gilt (extremities scuffed). Provenance: R.W. Cameron (signature); Anne Tiffany, Granddaughter of Cameron (presentation inscription dated 1954 to); Mary Macleod Shoemaker, Great-Granddaughter of Cameron.

    FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY CAMERON on the title-page and contents leaf, and annotated by him on page 257, and presumably consulted by him in preparation for founding his stud farm at Clifton Berley.


    CRICKMORE, H.G. (compiler). Krik's Guide to the Turf. July Edition. - Krik's Guide to the Turf. Saratoga Edition. -- Krick's Guide to the Turf. Mid-August Edition. New York: H.G. Crickmore, 1882. 3 volumes, 8o (143 x 100 mm). (Title-page of July chipped with loss at the corners.) Original buff printed paper wrappers (July disbound, Saratoga spine chipped and lightly soiled, Mid-August wrappers nearly detached and repaired, chipped).


    CRICKMORE, H.G. (compiler). Krik's Guide to the Turf. 1878 - 1879. Parts I. and II. -- Krik's Guide to the Turf. 1881 - 1882. Part I. -- Krik's Guide to the Turf. 1882 - 1883. Part I. New York: H.G. Crickmore, 1879-1882. 3 volumes, 8o (145 x 98 mm). (Some light browning.) Publisher's brown or black roan (worn with loss, only lower cover present on 1882-1883). SUBSCRIBER'S EDITIONS. Listing Cameron as subscriber and owner with his racing colors.

    DORLING, W.G. (editor). The American Racing Record and Turf Guide, for 1871. New York: W.G. Dorling, [1871]. 12o. Original purple cloth, printed paper label on the front cover (spine faded, corners curled, lightly soiled). Provenance: R.W. Cameron (annotations recording winnings). -- The American Racing Record for 1871, and Turf Guide for 1872-'73. New York: W.G. Dorling, 1872. 12o. Original purple cloth, printed paper label on the front cover (spine chipped at the head and foot, label chipped, one or two stains). Provenance: R.W. Cameron (annotations recording winnings). --American Racing Calendar of 1873, for Use in 1874. Park Row, N.Y.: Office of the Turf, Field and Farm, 1874. 8o. Original blue cloth, gilt (extremities scuffed).


    The General Stud Book, containing Pedigrees of Race Horse, &c. &c. from the Earliest Accounts. London: Charles & James Weatherby; Charles Weatherby; C., J, and E. Weatherby; C.,J.,E., & J.P. Weatherby, 1832-1873.

    12 volumes, 8o (211 x 128 mm). Contemporary half mottled calf, marbled boards, gilt (covers detached volume one, all extremities scuffed, some joints starting). Provenance: R.W. Cameron (annotations in volumes 9, 10 and 11; Library stamp in volume 11); Calcutta Turf Club (inscription and race results in volume 10).

    FIRST EDITION volumes 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12; second edition volumes 2, 4, and 6; third edition volume 3; fourth edition volume one. INSCRIBED BY CAMERON, and in a clerical hand, on the last blanks and rear endleaves of the last three volumes detailing pedigrees of sixteen "American Bred Mares," brief pedigrees of Cameron's horses Warminster and Leamington, and the mares Leamington "stinted" (got with foal) around 1867.


    ROUS, The Hon. Admiral. On the Laws and Practice of Horse Racing, etc. etc. London: A.H. Baily & Co., 1866.

    8o (176 x 112 mm). (Some spotting.) Original green cloth, gilt (a bit rubbed).


    Ruff's Guide to the Turf; or, Pocket Racing Companion for 1861. London: Sporting Review Office, 1861. Spring Edition. (Lacking pp. 322 - 337.) Original blue cloth, printed paper label on the front cover (lightly soiled, label chipped). -- Ruff's Guide to the Turf; United with Baily's Turf Guide, 1868. Winter Edition.
    London: Rogerson & Tuxford, 1868. (Some pages loose.) Original blue-green cloth, printed paper label on the front cover (lightly soiled, front cover with vertical crease). Provenance: H. Midgley (inscription dated 23 January 1868).


    [STUD CATALOGUES]. REEVES, J.H. The Orange County Stud Book. Unionville, By the Author, 1872. (Browned.) Original orange cloth backed green printed boards (lightly soiled, scuffed at the edges). - [THOMPSON, Col. WM. P.] (owner). Catalogue of the Entire Brookdale Stud and Brookdale Stable... to be sold at auction... at the Morris Park Race Track... October 21, 22, &23, 1887. New York: WM. Easton, 1897. Original blue paper wrappers printed in gold (chipped with loss). - [LINDENBERGER, George.] (owner). Catalogue of the Anglesea Stud...to be sold... at the Morris Park Race Course... October 5, 1899. New York: The Easton Company, 1899. Original green printed paper wrappers (detached, lightly stained and chipped with loss). - [WALDEN, R.W and MORRIS, A.H. & D.H.] (owners). Catalogue of Racehorses in Training... and the Sires Galore, Silver Fox, Rainbow and Mars... to be sold... at the Morris Park Racecourse... Oct. 6 and 7, 1899. New York: The Easton Company, 1899. Original red printed paper wrappers. Provenance: Contemporary annotations recording prices paid and rider's names.


    WEATHERBY (Charles and James) and later C.J. and E. WEATHERBY. The Racing Calendar. Races Past. Volumes 83-105. -- The Racing Calendar. Races to Come. Volumes 91-105. London: The Publishers' Office, 1855-1877.

    36 volumes, 12o (170 x 105 mm). (Some spotting.) Contemporary calf, gilt (backstrip torn with considerable loss to volume 83 [1855], front covers detached on volumes 104 [1876] and 105 [1877], many joints starting, extremities scuffed). Provenance: R.W. Cameron (signatures, annotations and library stamps in many volumes).

    FIRST EDITIONS FROM THE LIBRARY OF R.W. CAMERON with his signature or library stamp in volumes for 1857, 1858, 1861, 1863, 1866; and his extensive annotations on endpapers in volumes for 1857 (brief pedigrees and prices), 1863 (prices), 1866 (places and prices), 1867 (list of horses "By Leamington Wins Placed") and 1869 (prices/odds). An incomplete run: lacking volume 92 (1864) of Races Past, and 92 (1864) and 93 (1865) of Races to Come, which only begins at volume 91 in 1863 once Cameron is listed as a subscriber. With an extra volume of Races Past for 1863.


    WEATHERBY, C., J., and E. The Racing Calendar, 1865. Races Past to the End of May - The Racing Calendar, 1865. Races Past to the End of July - The Racing Calendar, 1866. Races Past to the end of September - The Racing Calendar, 1867. Races Past to the End of September. London: Sold at the Publisher's Office, 1865-1867.

    4 volumes, 12o (155 x 100 mm). (Some browning and spotting, some pages loose and chipped in the margins.) Original buff diced cloth, printed paper labels on the covers (lightly soiled, some labels chipped with loss, binding of 1865, May nearly detached, spine of 1867 chipped with loss). Provenance: R.W. Cameron (signature and annotations); Capt. C.F. Crichlin (?), Grenadier Guards (inscription at end 1865, July).

    FIRST EDITIONS, SIGNED BY CAMERON on the recto of the first blank in 1865, May, and annotated by him on the last pages of 1867. (71)


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