WALSH, John Henry (1810-1888), as "Stonehenge". The Coursing Calendar. COMPLETE SET. London: 1857-1918.

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WALSH, John Henry (1810-1888), as "Stonehenge" - BROWNE, C. M. as "Robin Hood" - EVELEGH, B.C. as "Allan-A-Dale" - LAMONBY, W. - GROOM, Horace A., as "Lepus". The Coursing Calendar and Review of the Season 1856-7; containing also original remarks on the best Greyhounds of the Year, with Hints on Breeding, and tables of the performances of the stock of the Chief Public Stallions; also, the entries for the various produce stakes, giving the colours of the dogs, as described by their owners. London: George Routledge & Co., 1857- London: The Field & Queen (Horace Cox) Ltd, 1918.

144 numbers in 146 volumes. 8vo., (6 6/8 x 4 inches). A FINE AND COMPLETE SET. Original publisher's blue-green cloth, blind and gilt, occasionally uncut and unopened.

Provenance: many of the earliest volumes owned by Thomas Lancelot Reed (1819-1904), of Crow Hall, Denver Norfolk; other volumes various owners

First editions, and a fine and complete run of "The Coursing Calendar", which was produced by a number of editors between its first number in 1857 and its last in 1918. The first, and most famous was Dr. John Henry Walsh, as "Stonehenge", the pseudonym that persists as the author named on the spine of each volume.

Walsh was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, a surgeon to the Ophthalmic Institution who lectured on surgery and descriptive anatomy at the Aldersgate school of medicine. He edited The Provincial Medical and Surgical Journal from 1849 to 1852. However, he always had "an intense love of sport, he rode well to hounds, kept greyhounds and entered them at coursing meetings, broke his own pointers and setters, and also trained hawks. He was also fond of shooting, and, owing to the bursting of his gun, lost a portion of his left hand. 

"In 1853, under the pseudonym of Stonehenge, Walsh brought out his book The greyhound, on the art of breeding, rearing, and training greyhounds for public running, their diseases and treatment, based on articles he had written in Bell's Life. Three years later, in 1856, appeared Manual of British Rural Sports, which covers the whole cycle of field sports, and, among other things, deals in a scientific manner with the breeding of horses. It was frequently reprinted, as were The Horse in the Stable and in the Field (1861) and A Manual of Domestic Economy Suited to Families Spending from £100 to £1000 a Year (1857). He wrote many other books, mostly on sports but a few of them on cookery. In 1856 he originated the Coursing Calendar, which he conducted through fifty half-yearly volumes. About 1856 he began to write for The Field, and at the end of 1857 accepted the editorship... Walsh was one of the founders of the National Coursing Club and of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and he was on the committee of the Kennel Club" (G. C. Boase, rev. Julian Lock for DNB).