Just saw (via tracking) that a book I ordered was delivered today...anxious now to get home and check it out!
It's an oldie....Greylight by Anne Bosworth Greene, published in 1923, and made me think this might be an interesting thread....what's the oldest fictional pony book in your collection (leaving aside Black Beauty, which I'd take it as read that we all have). Not necessarily the oldest copy, but the oldest publication date.
I think Greylight will be mine, but I'll have to double check.
And a follow up question.....do you love your oldest book? Feel it's ok, but outdated (even for someone who reads vintage books), etc.
My oldest fictional pony book is The Don and The Dancer, The story of a Dartmoor pony (as told by himself), by Maud Scrimgeour. It was published in 1907 and has a nice colour frontispiece and a smaller colour illustration on the title page.
It's a fairly typical pony life story. The Don has the usual things to say about cruel and inconsiderate people, but he himself doesn't fall on really hard times, as is usual before the happy ending.
Possibly May Wynne's The Story Of Heather, but it's not dated so not sure which edition. 1912 originally then reprinted 1920, 1929, 1936. has original illustrated boards with matching wrapper so i assume it's one of the earlier ones and the other cover i've seen a later reprint?
Otherwise it looks like Moyra Charltons Midnight Steeplechase 1930, as some of the ones i thought initially are slightly later reprints and into more like mid 1930's.
It turned out that Greylight isn't the oldest text in my collection, that distinction goes to Gallops 1 and 2 by David Gray (1897 and 1900), both of my printings are from 1903. They're short stories though, not novels.
I wasn't thinking of what printing, Haffy, just oldest text people have collected.....we've got a catagory for very recent books in the summer challenge, so we often speak of them, and of course we've all got a ton of "golden age" pony books, I was just curious what early books people might have.
I'm definitely learning about a few new titles....I had heard of May Wynne, but I don't think I was aware of her Story of Heather.....1912 is a really early title.
The Don and the Dancer sounds like a good book, antilles...I think the thing that bothers me about the typical "life-of" is the hard times aspect they all seem to go for, in an effort (ususally in vain) of being Black Beauty-ish. This book sounds like it misses out on the trauma
Interesting thread Susan, bit late to it due to yet more computer problems also I am looking after an absolutely bonkers stray kitten who seems to require 24 hours a day supervision so haven't even had a chance to check up on here for a couple of days!
Anyway enough of my excuses! I've got Heather so that could be my oldest. After that it will be Skewbald by Allen Seaby (1923). Can't check the entire collection as some of it is packed away.
I'm another who's not really a huge fan of the older pony book (with a few exceptions) so I don't have many pre-1940s.
In that case Heather will be the earliest, i think next was Skewbald by Seaby, but about 10yrs later ish.
I have to thank you actually as looking at the dates helped me discover a few potential hidden treasures (lol, probably duds more like) i'd forgotten existed, including plumduff and prunella and Harum Scarum. We should start a thread for the most obscure titles!
fizz: Is it too late to read the Francis book and watch the film?
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fizz: My show went well, good to have being painting again
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Claire: Glad the show went well, wish I could paint! Yes, join in with the film and book any time you want.
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cally: I need to make $ to emigrate. I can write non fiction, but fiction has me stumped.
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cally: I need to make $ to emigrate, buy a rural property in the Yorkshire Dales area, start an animal rescue sanctuary and a service to take animals in to see the elderly, sick, disabled etc.
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cally: Oh I see how this works now- don't press the return button, eejit. How do I start to write a pony book having read hundreds, and not accidentally or intentionally accidentally 'borrow' ideas?
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Claire: Hi Cally! What great ambitions!!
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cally: My lap top stuffed so am trying to get all my stuff over to slow crap I pad so had to go through log in thing and change password so I hope I come up as me. So this is a test!
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Claire: Yep Cally it's you alright!!
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Claire: Hi all, just to say have put my 2 Christmas 'Pumble' stories in the Christmas 2017 in case anyone fancies a re-read.
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Claire: Hi all apologies for not being around the last few days. Have been away travelling with no intyernet
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Claire: Or even internet lol
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brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
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Claire: Hi all sorry the website has been down due to technical problems with web host. All back up and running now!
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Claire: Hi all the offical Reading Challenge thread is now up and running!
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Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
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aud: Can anyone tell me if they know of a Pony book that has a story line with A nesting Pair of Osprey Birds(thats as well as Ponies)i have been told it is either Alisons Island Adventure by Sheila Stewart or one of the Jinney books by patricha Leitch.
Dec 10, 2018 19:03:28 GMT 1
tali: One of the Jinny books has a sub story line of egg stealing so may be the one you are thinking of. It is one of the books that features the character Claire Burnley.
Dec 24, 2018 12:54:11 GMT 1
ginslinger: It is one of the early Jinny books. I only read the first few and I found the storyline upsetting.
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