Trigger in Europe - William HoltLondon: Michael Joseph, 1966, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little age-toned with the price clipped. Gift inscription to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings;
From the cover: “This is the story of a man and a horse, a rag-and-bone cart horse with only one shoe, who after meeting the author, embarked on a most extraordinary life. Holt, who rescued the horse from drudgery and slaughter, after nursing him back to health, started a ride which as an exploit has been unequalled since the days of the Huns and the Tartars. Over twenty thousand miles have been covered by horse and man. They travelled over nine thousand miles on the continent through France, Italy, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, sleeping over four hundred nights in the open through the four seasons without a tent. They ate together, faced great hardships together, slept together; over the Alps, the Apennines, the Dolomites they went, through storms, floods, a whirlwind. They were caught by the sea, nearly drowned, rescued when marooned on a ledge.
The story reads like a fable from the olden days, a fairy tale come true. Trigger, ex rag-and-bone horse, slept with the Queen’s horses in London, was guest of the Italian princess Angelica del Drago in her palace in Rome. She begged one of his shoes worn down the Via Aurelia and had it set with precious stones.
Often seen on television — Tonight programme, Double Your Money, The News — Trigger became an international pet.
Holt is the author of the best-selling autobiography I Haven’t Unpacked. He is also an artist, whose work was published alongside his despatches as war correspondent in the Spanish Civil War. Not the least remarkable aspect of his journey with Trigger is the fact that he spent no English money but supported the two of them on paintings and sketches made and sold as they went.”
Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 191 pages.