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A further sign of life returning to normal, the Virginia Gold Cup was held in-person last Saturday, May 29, 2021. New in the shop this week is an all-around beautiful of this long-standing tradition:

William Myzk The History and Origins of the Virginia Gold Cup

Myzk, William HISTORY & ORIGINS OF THE VIRGINIA GOLD CUP SINCE 1922. Warrenton, VA: Piedmont Press (1987). First edition, oblong folio (9.5 inches by 12.5 inches), vii, 314 pp. Original hand-binding with four raised bands in bright royal blue Oasis Morocco, all edges gilt, inner dentelles, and the The Virginia Gold Cup Races supralibros centered on the front board. Pastedowns and front and rear endpapers are hand marbled with gold flecking by an unknown master, but reminiscent of the work of Peggy Skyecraft. The book is housed in a matching hard blue bookcloth slipcase, with an inset Blue Oasis Morocco panel repeating the supralibros and offset with an underlay of the same marbled paper. The book is further protected by the original heavy cream stock dustjacket, likewise embellished with the Gold Cup supralibros in gold.

The book itself is a thorough history of the Virginia Gold Cup Horse Races over a period of 65 years, and features maps of the courses at Great Meadow, the wonderful illustrations by Cassidy, and numerous important photographs. Appendices included document the winning horses, winners’ bloodlines, race committee members, life founding members, and an exhaustive index. $250

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