Author: Samuel ChifneyPeter Jones
Genius Genuine 1791-1803
By Samuel Chifney
Written in 1791, delayed in publication by the Authors Financial Struggles
Printed In London by D.N. Shury For the Author
The Volume is in Very Good Condition bound By Riviere & Co. in gilt ruled calf, with the spine divided into six gilt-stamped compartments by five gilt & raised bands with letter-pieces in the second and third compartments from the top, with the board edges, turn-ins and leaf tops gilt. Externally the boards and spine are lightly scuffed in general, with the hinges intact though showing some wear, head and tail unchipped but scuffed and with the board corners bumped. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, being uncut, with some mild marginal toning at the edges, with little in the way of stains or tears.
The Volume is Complete in all Respects With half title. See below for pagination & dimensions.
Of Sam Chifney
Samuel “Sam” Chifney was an English jockey, a pioneer of professional race-riding, who developing a trademark late finishing style, known as the ‘Chifney rush’ and was the retained jockey of the Prince of Wales. He became the leading horseman of his day, winning four runnings of the Oaks and one of the Derby, but his career ended in ignominy after a scandal around a ride on the Prince of Wales’s horse, Escape. Despite inventing a bit for horses that is still in use today, he died in debtors’ prison in London.
In 1795 Chifney, in reduced circumstances, wrote and published (or probably had written for him) a book entitled Genius Genuine, by Samuel Chifney of Newmarket. This book, although merely an octavo of 170 pages, sold for £5. Sales must have been adequate, for a second edition appeared in 1804.
Pagination & Dimensions
The volume is paginated as follows: [ii]-170. The volume collates as follows: [A]-X4, Y1. The volume measures about 23 cm. By 14.5 cm. By 1.5 cm. Each leaf measures about 225 mm. By 145 mm.