Wiarua Martinborough NZ: Alister Taylor, 1981. First, Limited 2665/3500. Octavo, oblong format, 30.5 x 40cm, pp. (4) + 318, 52 tipped-in colour plates (including frontis) taken from original paintings, numerous b&w intext illustrations, chevron eps. Navy blue quarter leather and matching cloth boards with gilt title on spine and cut-out horse in gilt oblong on front board (repeated at head of spine). In solander box lined with matching chevron paper. Illustration of Phar Lap on top cover.
Near Fine. Small flecks of gilt missing from the oblong on the top board. The Solander box is in Very Good condition. Slightly sunned, a little fraying to the top fore-corner, and scratch marks on the paste-down image of Phar Lap.
A beautifully produced volume that outlines Australian racing history and the history of notable Australian bloodlines. Describes 51 notable Australian thoroughbreds and acknowledges 25 notable omissions. Companion volume to Notable New Zealand Thoroughbreds and Notable English and Irish Thoroughbreds.