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The following books were written or edited by Andrew K. Steen whose family imported horses from Spain in 1965. For more information about a book, click on it's title. To order a book, contact Mr. Steen at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Man Who Bred Skowronek
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A Glorious Task: The Eighteen Dukes of Veragua and Their Horses
by Andrew Steen
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THE MAN WHO BRED SKOWRONEK
‘The Great Polish Breeders and Arabian Horses of Slawuta, Bialocerkiew and Antoniny’ was written for breeders and serious aficionados of the Arabian horse, who wish to augment their knowledge about the ancestors of the horses that they own, breed, ride and admire today. Although, equestrians and history buffs of every stripe will also enjoy and appreciate this uncommon book. For the first time the colorful sagas of the lives, fortunes, triumphs, and tragedies of the most illustrious Polish breeders have been explored and related in depth. The comprehensive account was derived from a compendium of hard-to-find early sources, most of which have never before been translated into English.
Written in close collaboration with Prince Pawel Sanguszko, Count Piotr Potocki, Countess Anna Branicka and Countess Maria Rey (née Potocka), the story traces their family's history from the 13th century, right up to the present day. Included within its pages are lengthy extracts from the unpublished autobiography of Count Roman Potocki, the eldest son of Skowronek's breeder. Thanks to their active participation, everyone entranced with the heritage of the Arabian horse has been granted a unique glimpse into the magnificent realms of Antoniny, Slawuta, Bialocerkiew, Lancut and Wilanow.
The text contains an abundance of surprising first-hand information and anecdotes about most of the early horses found in the pedigrees of the vast majority of today's Arabian champions. Together with data from other newly discovered historic documents, each chapter is embellished with scores of rare and never before published illustrations (in all 22 color plates and over 160 black and white photographs) that were derived from the family albums and archives of the story's principle human protagonists. Its pages also include Joseph Conrad's short story 'Prince Roman' and English adaptations of Drs. Lukomski and Borowiak's famous dissertations on the studs. Likewise, summaries of the breeding programs at Janów Podlaski and more than twenty-five of the small but highly influential 'between the war studs' (Sachny, Jezupol, Taurow, Zarzecze, Pelkinie, Gumniska, Ujazd, Duba, Bronice, Krasnica, Derazne and Behen, etc.) have been related in this admirably executed treatise.
In a definitive manner that is guaranteed to satiate the hunger of even the most demanding scholar of the breed, Steen dramatically reconstructs the spectacular realms of the near legendary Polish / Czarist Russian studs. In the process, he gives his readers a rare opportunity to discover numerous forgotten details about the personal lives of the landed gentry and their empires, which were laid to waste by the insurmountable devastation of the Bolshevik Revolution and both World Wars. 'The Man Who Bred Skowronek' is much more than a compelling narrative about the Polish Magnates and their celebrated horses, it is also a valuable reference tool that every equestrian will treasure, use and enjoy for years to come.
Hard bound deluxe edition printed on 100 weight paper and covered in leather-like 'gauflex'. Richly embossed in gold on both its face and spine with the title and author's name. Standard A-4 size (210 x 290 mm ~ 8.5 x 11 inches) of 208 pages and containing approximately 124,000 words of text. This handsome edition is protected with a full color plastic coated jacket.
IN SEARCH of the
The faithfully executed translation of Captain Luis Azpeitia de Moro's 1905 Spanish Classic 'En Busca del Caballo Arabe', is an account of the Cria Caballar's journey and arduous trek on horseback through the Syrian desert and its exotic seven-month adventure into the world of the Turks, Kurds and Bedouin nomads, searching for quality Oriental breeding stock. Azpeitia's 'Commission to the Orient' occurred only eleven months before Homer Davenport's famous expedition to Aleppo and the Anaze Feddan tribe. Those familiar with the latter's story will come across many similarities and coincidences in the two journeys. Each shared a profound respect for the desertbred Arabian horse and its qualities of endurance, speed, beauty, and resistance. They met several of the same Turkish dignitaries and Bedouin Chiefs and saw many of the same horses in Aleppo, Constantinople, Menbiuj and Beirut, nevertheless, it would be difficult to imagine two individuals with more contrasting opinions and styles. Their thoughts and observations about the Bedouins and the qualities or defects of their horses (not to mention Sultan Abdul-Hamid) are as different as night and day.
The Cavalryman was not seduced by any of the myths, legends, and folklore that have always surrounded and shrouded the breed. Indeed, some of his convictions clash dramatically with those of many early authorities about the origin, domestication and history of the Arabian horse. The well-known, but seldom seen book, which expert Gladys Brown Edwards often cited, is a thought-provoking and informative chronicle of a handful of determined men on a marvelous quest, searching for stallions and mares that were destined to become the foundation of present-day Spain's world famous Arabian breeding program. The text includes a 'Glossary of Spanish, Turkish and Arabic Terms', biographical details about 'The Men of the Commission’, a brief summary titled 'The Influence of the 1905 Importation’ and is annotated with 32 endnotes by the translator. Almost one hundred years after the fact, everyone impassioned with the history of the breed can enjoy the Captain's delicious story.
Hard bound deluxe edition printed on 100 weight paper and covered in leather-like 'gauflex'. Richly embossed in gold on both its face and spine with the title and author's name. A-5 size (148 x 210 mm ~ 6.25 x 8.50 inches) volume of 220 pages with approximately 169,000 words, which encompasses eighty black and white photographs, one map and four illustrations. This handsome edition is protected with a full color plastic coated jacket.
AL KAMSA AND THE JOURNEY TO NAJD
For the first time, both of Carlo Guarmani’s classic works ‘Al Kamsa’ and ‘Journey from Jerusalem to Northern Najd’ are presented in the same volume. In 1863, Guarmani was commissioned by Emperor Louis Napoleon III and King Victor Emmanuel II to travel by camel from his home in the Holy Land deep into the unexplored Central Arabian desert to purchase Arabian stallions for the government studs of France and Italy.
‘Journey from Jerusalem to Northern Najd’ is the fascinating account of his perilous adventures living, riding and fighting amidst the feuding Bedouin tribes, horse-trading with warlord Shaiks and dealing with the despotic Amirs that inhabited and ruled over the vast uncharted Najd, the hostile region that had been penetrated before by only a handful of other intrepid European explorers. Indeed the author is credited as being the fourth individual (only Sadlier in 1819, Wallin in 1845 and Palgrave in 1863 preceded him) to enter those territories and publish an account of his exploits. His compelling narrative has been embellished with (often contradictory) notes and lengthy extracts that were derived from the works of his famous contemporaries: Buckhardt, Burton, Doughty, Palgrave. Layard and Lady Anne & Wilfrid Blunt.
‘Al Kamsa’ is the culmination of Guarmani’s sixteen-year study of the origins and genesis of the purebred Arabian Horse. Utilizing his profound knowledge of Oriental languages, the Koran, the Bible, and other ancient sources, the author traces the etymology and explains the authentic significance of the breed’s five traditional strains. In an analytical, reflective and scholarly style, Carlo Guarmani articulates how the Arabian horse in his opinion should be bred in order to maintain all of its celebrated qualities. At the same time he eliminates much of the confusion that has long shrouded these controversial topics and provides a wealth of information on ancient Arabian cultures, history, geography, archaeology and Bedouin superstitions.
The book was derived from two long-forgotten English translations that have been owned by four of the most knowledgeable and renowned authorities that have ever been associated with the Arabian horse. The manuscripts were signed by Major–General William Tweedie in 1888-1890, and later acquired by Spencer Borden, and then subsequently became part of W.R. Brown’s priceless library that is now safeguarded by the Arabian Horse Owners Foundation. This deluxe collector’s limited edition (only 500 copies) is an indispensable fountain of Knowledge for anyone captivated with the Arabian horse, its treasured heritage and interminable history.”
Over the last 140 years ‘Al Kamsa’ and ‘Journey from Jerusalem to Northern Najd’ have been published as separate works a total of six times in: Italian (1864 and 1977), French (1865 and 1866) and in a different English translation (in 1917 and 1938). All of those previous editions are now extremely rare and very expensive collector’s items.
This new and unique ‘Tales of the Breed’ interpretation has been updated and adapted for simplicity and readability for the 21st century Arabian horse enthusiast, The book was proofread by breed historian Sandy Rolland and edited by Delyana Simeonova. It contains a two-page dedication to Gladys Brown Edwards and includes a wonderful photograph of her mounted on *Raseyn from the AHOF archives that is believed to have never before been published. It is no exaggeration to state that Carlo Guarmani’s extremely interesting ‘Al Kamsa’ probes the origins of the breed more profoundly and eloquently than any authority of the 19th century. The account of his remarkable journey, depicting the daily adventures and the dangers that he overcame are amongst the most exciting that have ever been published. The works are introduced and annotated by Andrew K. Steen, the Author of ‘The Man Who Bred Skowronek’ and translated and annotated ‘In Search of the Arabian Horse’. Steen also embellished the current tome with fifty entertaining and informative endnotes drafted from original documents or extracted from famous, but hard to find sources by the truly great authors and authorities from the 19th century.
The hardbound, gold-embossed edition is an American standard size 6 x 9 inches, it containing 149 pages, 13 beautiful illustrations, a copious index and full color dust jacket.