Elwyn Hartley Edwards was one of the most respected equestrian authors of the twentieth century. He edited Riding magazine for 18 years and wrote more than 30 books on horses and horsemanship. In addition to his equestrian knowledge he was also an expert on saddlery. In 1993 the British Horse Society gave him its Award of Merit. Edwards passed away in 2007 at the age of 80.
YA-The strength of these books is their stunning full-color photographs, all of which are distinct and well labeled. Both guides begin with general overviews of the title animals and then present the histories and characteristics of various breeds in alphabetical order, within logical groupings. Simon & Schuster's Guide to Dogs (1980) and Simon & Schuster's Guide to Horses and Ponies of the World (1988, both S.&S.) have more substantial texts, but their photographs lack the clarity found in these handbooks. Useful additions.- Linda Diane Townsend, West Potomac High School, Fairfax County, VA