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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 1974-1976.  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. There is also a glossary of Spanish and English equestrian terms used in this study.  

This copy is ex-libris from the R. Stephen Dorsey library and it bears a presentation inscription from Jim Hutchins, the well known curator of the Smithsonian Institution.  The book is in excellent condition, showing little handling with a tight binding and all the pages and both covers intact.   

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.  (0919)  $65



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