Driving Horse-Drawn Carriages For Pleasure

Author Francis T. Underhill

The classic illustrated guide to coaching, harnessing, stabling, etc.

Writing at the turn of the century, Francis T. Underhill provided horse and carriage owners with a comprehensive guidebook that described how a well turned-out carriage should look and be handled. An expert in coaching and equipage, Underhill wrote with enthusiasm and a thorough knowledge of the subject, offering his readers a wealth of information about horses, harnesses, coaches, stables and liveries, as well as useful “suggestions to the inexperienced”.

Republished now in its entirety, this delightfully entertaining volume depicts in more than 100 black-and-white captioned photographs scores of vehicles: a “turned-out” road coach, hooded gig, an elegant George IV phaeton, a Paris lady’s chaise, hansom cab, landau, coupe d’Orsay, omnibus, depot wagon, buckboard, a smart “lady’s country trap”, and many more. In addition to elegant carriages, practical buggies and cozy carts, this remarkable archive provides a fascinating visual commentary on 19th-century culture and life, recalled in vintage photographs of coachmen and grooms, stable and coachroom interiors as well as “night and dress clothing” for the properly accoutered horse.

Reprinted from a rare original addition published at the height of the age of horse-drawn transportation, this authentic sourcebook will be welcomed by model builders, transportation buffs, artists in need of authentic period illustrations, and anyone interested in this bygone era of leisurely pre-automobile travel.

Unabridged and slightly altered (Dover 1989) republication of Driving for Pleasure: Or, the Harness Stable and Its Appointments, published by D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1897.

304 pages for $19.95.

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