Northleach, Alexander Heriot & Co. Ltd, 1978.
Octavo, 352 pages with numerous illustrations and tables.
Brown cloth; extremities a little bumped (with slight associated creasing to the corner tips of some leaves); a very good copy with the slightly bumped and rubbed dustwrapper.
'The Crabbet Arabian Stud was established on 2 July 1878 when the first Arabian horses brought to England by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt and Lady Anne Blunt arrived at Crabbet Park, their estate in Sussex. Six months earlier, while staying in Aleppo, Wilfrid and Lady Anne had made a plan to import some of the best Arabian horses to England and breed them there. In Lady Anne's words, 'it would be an interesting and useful thing to do and I should like much to try it.' Lady Anne died in 1917, passing on her titles to the Blunt's only child, their daughter, Judith, who became known as 'Lady Wentworth'. Lady Wentworth wrote of Wilfred, 'His tyranny and spirit of discord eventually alienated him from his family, from most of his friends, and from several countries...He had a theatrical tendency to thunder and lightning stage effects which verged on melodrama...and his temper was not improved by hashish and morphia...'' (Crabbet Heritage website) **MT do read the page of the website - high entertainment value.