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From the Personal Antique Book Collection of Tom Clancy - Rare Antique Leather Books (4 Volumes) | Thomas Henry Taunton "Portraits of Celebrated Racehorses"| London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1887-1888 | 4 volumes | 3/4 crushed red Moroccan Leather over marbled boards, spines gilt-stamped in compartments with stirrup and horse motif, t.e.g. Illustrated with four engraved frontispieces and over 400 engraved plates | Excellent Condition. Important Provenance: Ex-libris Sir Weetman Dickinson Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray, with his bookplate to front paste downs; Then to Tom Clancy; Acquired directly from the Estate of Tom Clancy by Worthington Galleries. Weetman Dickinson Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray, GCVO, PC (15 July 1856 - 1 May 1927), known as Sir Weetman Pearson, Bt, between 1894 and 1910 and as The Baron Cowdray between 1910 and 1917, was a British engineer, oil industrialist, benefactor and Liberal politician. He was the owner of the Pearson conglomerate. Pearson was born at Shelley, Woodhouse, Yorkshire, the son of George Pearson and Sarah Weetman Dickinson. Pearson was created a Baronet, of Paddockhurst, in the Parish of Worth, in the County of Sussex, and of Airlie Gardens, in the Parish of St Mary Abbots, Kensington, in the County of London, in 1894. He was first elected Liberal Member of Parliament for Colchester at a by-election in February 1895. He held the seat at the 1895 general election and retained it until 1910[6] when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Cowdray, of Midhurst in the County of Sussex. His time is connected with a number of developments, most notably the opening of Colchester Castle to the public. Under his leadership during World War I, the munitions factory HM Factory, Gretna and the tank assembly at Chateauroux were built. In January 1917, he was sworn of the Privy Council and made Viscount Cowdray, of Cowdray in the County of Sussex. That same month, David Lloyd George requested that he become President of the Air Board. Cowdray agreed, provided that he receive no salary. Lord Cowdray worked diligently to improve the output of aircraft and produced a threefold increase in the number of aircraft under his tenure. Yet he was criticized after German bombing produced over 600 casualties on 13 June, and resigned the following November. Following the war, he was active in Liberal politics and in philanthropic activities. He endowed a professorship in the Spanish department at the University of Leeds, and contributed to University College London, the League of Nations Union, the Royal Air Force Club and Memorial Fund, and to many public projects. Lord Cowdray married Annie Cass, daughter of Sir John Cass. They had four children: Weetman Harold Miller Pearson, 2nd Viscount Cowdray, Bernard Clive Pearson, Francis Geoffrey Pearson (d. 1914), and Gertrude Mary Pearson. Gertrude Mary, Baroness Denman GBE, became the wife of Lord Denman, Governor-General of Australia. Lord Cowdray died in his sleep at Dunecht House, Aberdeenshire on 1 May 1927, aged 70. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Harold. Acquired directly from the Estate of the famous and popular author Tom Clancy Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. (April 12, 1947 - October 1, 2013) was an American novelist best known for his technically detailed espionage and military-science story lines set during and after the Cold War. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print. His name was also used on movie scripts written by ghost writers, nonfiction books on military subjects, and video games. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and vice-chairman of their community activities and public affairs committees. Clancy's literary career began in 1984 when he sold The Hunt for Red October for $5,000. His works, The Hunt for Red October (1984), Patriot Games (1987), Clear and Present Danger (1989), and The Sum of All Fears (1991), have been turned into commercially successful films. Actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine have played Clancy's most famous fictional character, Jack Ryan; his second-most famous character, John Clark, has been played by actors Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber. Clancy died on October 1, 2013, of an undisclosed illness. 10.25" x 7.75" | Thomas Henry Taunton | Portraits of Celebrated Racehorses | 19th Century | Books | 4 Volume Set

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7.75 x 10.25 x 1.5 in

Weight

3 lb

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$400.00

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19th Century Leather Books by Thomas Henry Taunton

Sat, Jul 21, 2018 2:00 PM GMT
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