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Pigeon Racing: Jan Aerts
Book cover, click for larger image in new window. Jan Aerts first issue of this book was published in 1969 and has been re-issued several time. He is one of Belgium's well known greats. This is the 1987 paperback issue of this racing pigeon book by one of Belgiums well known greats. It was first published in 1969 This copy is rated as very good, and would be nearly excellent except for the previous owner's gift notation found on the front end papers.
$22
Book cover, click for larger image in new window. This nice paperback version was printed in 1987 and is in very good condition for a paperback. As with all paperbacks, the paper is not as good as the hardback versions and tend to tan more severely. A previous owner has inscribed his name on the front end paper, otherwise unmarked.
$23 6oz
A very British Coop: Mark Collings
Book cover, click for larger image in new window. Great new book following the sport in the UK. Fun read following Mark as he learns about the sport and the characters in it.
$15 Mint hardback with mint jacket. 14
$12 New hardback but with slight stain on some page edges. 14
101 Methods Part IV: Jules Gallez
Cover, click for larger image. Part IV of this series written during the same period is more of the nuts and bolts advice on how to pick, breed, train and race your pigeons with an emphasis on variations of young and old bird teams. Although lengthy at 370 pages it provides easy digestible advice on nearly every aspect one will run across with the hobby. Laced of course with a lot of personal insights into the men who "made" these incredible birds. There is some soiling to the covers as the larger scan shows, and the paper has started to tan, but really a nice paperback reading copy overall.
$26 good reading copy. 24oz
Young Bird Training Methods: Chas. Heitsman
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This small booklet was published by the most famous of all American racing homer enthusiasts of all, Chas. Heitzman. While it is not dated, it must have been published during the height of his long reign. The young birds photographed were from 1968 and 69 so it must have been around 1970. He goes through all the essentials, stripped down the kernel, in the 12 page pamphlet. He asks and answers the 10 most important things to become a competent pigeon racer and breeder. While the spine has started to fade, in the less expesinve copy it is still very good.

$10 very good 2
Pigeon Lore: Major A. Neilson Hutton
Book cover, click for larger image in new window. Book cover, click for larger image in new window. This first edition hardback was published in 1962 and consists of 240 pages of how to breed and race homers, but also complete with Major Hutton's anecdotes about the great races and his experience in North Africa as part of the Army Pigeon Service. It is rated in good condition only because someone tried to cover up a previous owner's mark with a black felt tip pen that leaked through a few pages, as clearly shown in this larger scan. The jacket is missing.
$32 .9
Racing Pigeons: Colin Osman
Click to enlarge. Osman Paperback

From the author's own words "Pigeon racing is a practical sport. It is not a sport that can be learnt from books alone but is something that must also be learnt with pigeons in a pigeon loft. This book does not offer an open door to immediate success in the sport, but is more an attempt to prevent the reader from making mistakes."  And that is does admirably. There are also chapters devoted to more than just the racing aspect of the hobby, including good elements of loft design that can be used by all. There are also few nice photographs sprinkled throughout the text.

This is a first printing of the second edition printed in 1960. Hard copies were available as well but this is a very good paperback. It would be excellent except that the pages have started to yellow a bit as is common with paperbacks or the era. The text hasn't changed much, but all the nice photographs are gone.

$17 Very good paperback 7
Book cover, click for larger image in new window. This is a rather nice harder to locate hard copy of this well known text, being the third printing done in 1960. It would be excellent if it were not that the end papers are a bit foxed, and while it is complete with the original jacket, the jacket is well worn as can be seen in the scan.
$22 12
The Widowhood Book; C. A. E. Osman
Book cover, click for larger image in new window. This is one of the classic works by osman detailing a rather new method at the time for improving speed performance. This soft cover book first published in 1952, cover many of the leading flyers using this system, including Pearson, Tresidder, Martens, and several other pioneers of the widowhood system.
$25 5
Intensive Line Breeding: M.H. "Dad" Paget
Book cover, click for larger image Line breeding is and has been used by those in the know to establish a breed or strain in domestic animals of all types. Dad Paget as he was known was one of the experts in his field and describes how to use this breeding method to set the qualities you desire for you strain.. This pamphlet was originally published in 1949. This is a mint reprint.
$12 Mint reprint 3
Captain of the Queen's Flight; Len Rush
Book Cover, click for larger image Early in 1962 Len Rush learned that Her Majesty knew of his reputation as a pigeon fancier. But more than that, she wished to appoint him as her Royal Lofts Manager. And so Len’s ideal avocation became his life long profession. He brings to this memoir all the canny enthusiasm that made him so successful at his most incredible assignment
Immediately, with royal direction, Len made the lofts in the garden ready for the arrival of royal birds. Len chose thirty-six birds of superb stock for the first generation of the Queen's flight family that he was set to create. As soon as they were settled, the Queen came to Len and her racing pigeons and visited with him and the birds often until his retirement.
Not many of us have such an opportunity to meet with royalty and chat about what we love.  For Len and the Queen it was pigeons.
There are nearly a quarter million pigeon racers in England, so the competition is fierce but tempered by the profound respect all flyers have for their birds, and each other. Lens story captures the serene but thrilling spirit of the sport. He has lived so and here he charmingly invites us to come homing with him.
$28 excellent hardback, but no jacket21oz
$20 While not noticeable with the wrappers in place there are stains on covers as seen in scan, otherwise interior excellent.
Scientific American; July 1913
Book cover, click for larger image in new window. This particularly nice issue, considering its age of nearly 100 years, of the Scientific American has a feature article about Carrier Pigeons in the French Army, complete with several drawing and photographs, including among others a mule carrying pigeons, a transport cart, and pictures of the carriers. This pair look a bit like scandaroons.
$28 16oz
$5 New reprint of the article Carrier Pigeons in the Frence Army
Pigeon Racing Today & Tomorrow; J.W.E. Stam D.M.V
Book cover, click for larger image in new window. Pigeon Racing Today & Tomorrow , 35 Years in the Practice: Knowledge, Experience, Realizations and Opinions of a Veterinary Pigeon Enthusiast. As one would expect of a veterinarian, the medical section is quite good with many pictures to aid in identification.

Continental Breeding Station, 1994. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good condition. Would be mint except the lower rear spine has been badly bumped, but otherwise book is clean, tight and unmarked. Royal blue boards are still very attractive.

$67 28
Squills Racing Pigeon Year Books
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On the red issues a sticker has been pasted on spine by a previous owner designating the year of publication since it was not printed on them.

Entire remaining set, 22 issues, $350

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$12 478pp
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$25 1948
Pigeons Racing Homer Facts and Secrets: Leslie C. Swanson
Book cover, click for larger image in new window. This small paper backpack of 48pp was published in 1958 and is signed by the author. It has been around for quite some time. The author's first edition of this material was self published in 1936, but this is the updated version where he had another 20+ years of experience behind him. While a good copy of this work, it has been signed by a previous owner and on the cover no less.
$15 Signed by previous owner's on cover.
International Racing Pigeons: George F. Twombly
Book cover book cover Thomly was well known in the pigeon world, not just for his racing pigeons but for fancy pigeons as well. he may be considered as the father of written standards publications in the US.
$18, Very good hardback with good jacket but showing some yellowing on spine, published around 1965, 192pp. 19
The General Management Of Pigeons; "Violette" and translated into English by Col. A. Hopas
Book cover, click for larger image in new window. Somville wrote for the Messager Columbophile under the pen-name 'Violette, and as you would guess in Frence'. Translated by Col. A. Hupas. This book gives us the benefit of his great knowledge on pigeon matters, not only on housing and feeding but also on training and racing. . The second part of the book is devoted to breeding methods. A non nonsense, hard core approach to the sport of the classic no holds barred treatise on pigeon racing was written under the sydonyme of Violette, probably in part because it is at times rather harsh. One may think of the Nazzi idea of building the super race. In fact that is what he is trying to teach, but with pigeons of course, not people.
$35 Very good 7
Homing Pigeons; Herbert Zim
Cover click for larger image in new window This lovely little 63 page book pack a lot of information into a small volume focusing on youth entering this multifaceted hobby. It covers all the basics and while written in plain easy to read language, informs very effectively for any age novice. It begins, as is said in the beginning, covering the history of pigeons in general and racing homers in particular. From there it covers loft design, feeding, breeding, training and basic health concerns. One very nice touch is the clear explanation of just how to band a bird accompanied with a series of very clear drawings. I recall, at ten years of age, when I ever placed a band on that mesmerizingly beautiful and oh so fragile first youngster. Gosh I was nervous. Too bad I did not have this book at my side. 
$10 1949 Good hard back with no jacket with some end paper damage. 10
Breeding Training Racing and Show Record Book: Unknown
Book cover, click for larger image in new window. This is a smaller item used to record information on breeding, showing, training and racing. Each blank form type is printed on different color paper. It is unused and in very good condition internally, but eh covers are scuffed.
$10 .4
 

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