Life of William T. Porter

Brinley, Francis

Published by D. Appleton & Co., New York, 1860
Condition: Good+ Hardcover
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Original blindstamped pebbled brown cloth, gilt spine lettering. Covers spotted, spine sunned and lettering dulled. Minimal wear to the spine ends and corner tips. Label removed lower spine, probably from personal library. Bookplate on front pastedown. First free end page lacking. Book is square and binding tight; contents clean. ; B&W Frontispiece; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 273 pages; Porter was an important figure in the development of horseracing in the US. Chapters include information about: Ancestry of William T. Porter, Reads the Life of Franklin and decides to become a Printer, Enters an office in Andover, MA and travels to Boston; Porter commences his life as Editor of "The Farmers Herald" in St. Johnsbury, VT, Removes to Norwich, CT and edits "The Enquirer, Establishes "The Spirit of the Times" in 1831, The Introduction of [horse] racing in this country, Origin of Mr. Porter’s sobriquet "York’s Tall Ships"; New York Jockey Club, "The Turf Register"; "The Corsair" published by Dr. T. O. Porter and N. P. Willis, Letter from Daniel Webster, The Five Brothers Porter established in New York; Report of the race between Wagner and Grey Eagle by Mr. Porter; "Big Bear" of Arkansas, Race between Sarah Bladen and Luda, and between Grey Medoc, Altorf, and Denizen; and other chapters on Angling, some hunting and shooting sketches, and his final years. William Trotter Porter (December 24, 1809–July 19, 1858) was an American journalist and newspaper editor who founded an early American newspaper devoted to sports. After working at a number of small newspapers, Porter moved to New York City in the 1830s. After employment at a newspaper in the city, he founded the Spirit of the Times, a newspaper modeled on a London paper called Bell's Life in London. The Spirit, which went through a number of names and incarnations over the years, was devoted to sports and other recreational pursuits. One of Porter's main interests involved horse racing, and he was involved in attempts to create the first stud book in the United States, which did not bear fruit. He was also instrumental in the development of American literature, as the Spirit published a number of short stories by American tall tale writers, and Porter edited two collections of short stories by American writers. After publishing the Spirit through the 1830s, he sold it to another printer but continued. Bookseller Inventory # 11249

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Title: Life of William T. Porter

Publisher: D. Appleton & Co., New York

Publication Date: 1860

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good+

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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