China Races - Austin CoatesOxford University Press (Hong Kong), 1983, Paperback ..
Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Covers and spine tanned at the margins. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Reverse of the covers and the blanks also tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “THE China Races, 1798 — 1941, were conducted on more than 25 racecourses, and in Shanghai on a financial scale without parallel. Millionaires rode their own horses, or watched their sons ride for them. The Shanghai Grand Stand was the largest in the world, the Race Club the most sumptuous of its kind there had ever been; and the Peking races of the 1860s and 1870s were the largest race-meetings on earth, drawing crowds seldom less than 80,000 strong. In 1911 Chinese horsemen, hitherto spectators, formed their own race clubs, European owners and riders being welcome. The racing fraternity was in fact the only milieu where two disparate civilizations met on terms of complete empathy and understanding. Owing to the Second World War and the political convulsions in China which followed, this glamorous and unexpected chapter in the annals of racing has been almost totally forgotten. Here, with great vitality, the China Races are brought to life again in their historical setting. The Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club has commissioned this work to coincide with its centenary; and the work concludes with an account of the Jockey Club itself since 1945, its expansion into what is financially the world’s largest racing club, and its immense public benefactions.”
Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6")
Number of Pages: 312
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