Guide to the Turf; or, Pocket Racing Companion For 1845; Containing The Nominations for 1845 & 1846; Alphabetically Arranged and Indexed. Also, The Performances of the Two-Year-Olds; List of Winning Horses in 1844; Length of Courses; Laws of Racing; English and Irish Jockeys; their lowest Riding Weights, &c.; A List of Trainers in Great Britain and Ireland; their Addresses, &c. &c. Derby and St. Leger Lots, Colours of the Riders, etc. Third Edition.

  • Ruff, W.
  • London: Published by R. Ackermann 1845


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12mo, pp. iv, 180. Contemporary wallet binding of maroon roan, edges gilt. Stitching slightly strained in places, binding a little rubbed and showing some pressure marks. Extensively annotated in ink with weights, results and corrections in a contemporary hand, with tipped-in manuscript slips and sheets listing runners and riders.


A scarce early horse-racing guide, in a series recorded by the BL as being issued from 1842, which a contemporary owner has annotated with results, sometimes tipping in slips to give extra space for his small, neat handwriting. William Ruff only wrote the first few editions, but as Ruff's Guide to The Turf the series continued publishing into the late 20th century, perhaps aided by the suitability of his homophonous name.

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