MAN MADE MOBILE – ONE OF THE MUST HAVE EDITIONS
ON THE HISTORY OF SADDLERY: One of the keystone
references for saddle collectors, Man Made Mobile
was published in 1980 following an exhibition of
historic saddles at the Renwick Gallery in 1974. This
study delves into the historical basis of the early
forms of saddles in Western North America.
This 146 page volume consists of four essays: Horizons
of the Western Saddle; Origin of Mexican Horsemanship
and Saddlery; Western Saddles Before the Cowboy; and
Saddles of the Plains Indians. The essays are well
illustrated with photographs of surviving saddles,
historic artwork, and diagrams. The four essays are
followed by an illustrated catalogue of the equestrian
artifacts drawn from the Smithsonian Institution’s
holdings and from other important collections for the
exhibition at the Renwick Gallery, 1974-1976. There is
also a glossary of Spanish and English equestrian terms
used in this study.
This copy is ex-libris from the Don Heckaman library and
it bears a presentation inscription from Jim Hutchins,
the well known curator of the Smithsonian Institution.
The book is in very good condition, showing little
handling with a tight binding and all the pages and both
If your interest lies in the saddlery in use on the
Western Frontier during the 19th Century,
this key volume is a must to add to your library.