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Peabody Collection

Waiting for the pistol

"Waiting for the pistol". Illustration from:
Albemarle, William Coutts Keppel, Earl of.  Cycling / by Viscount Bury, K.C.M.G. and G. Lacy Hillier; with numerous illustrations by Viscount Bury and Joseph Pennell. Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes; v.8 London : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1887. SpCS. 796 B136L81887
-Stuyvesant Peabody Collection. Gift of Anita Healy Peabody.

Stuyvesant “Jack” Peabody served as an executive in the Peabody Coal Company of Illinois, begun by his father, Francis Stuyvesant Peabody, in 1883 and the source of his family's fortune. He owned his own horse stable and was active in many riding clubs and associations in the Chicago area. In addition to being an athlete himself, Stuyvesant Peabody collected materials from the 19th century on a range of sports.  His extensive assembly included periodicals, novels, and books on the history of a variety of sports and competitive leisure activities such as foxhunting, horseracing, and gambling.   
After his death in 1946, Mr. Peabody's widow, Anita, donated his collection of more than 900 items to DePaul.

Front cover of The fox’s prophecy

Cover: The Fox’s Prophecy / [illustration by Robert Ball] New York, The Sporting Gallery and Bookshop, inc., 1939. SPCS. 821.8 F795 Edition of 1000 copies.
-Stuyvesant Peabody Collection. Gift of Anita Healy Peabody.

Archery at Hatfield by the Marchioness of Salisbury, &c. &c.

"Archery at Hatfield by the Marchioness of Salisbury, &c. &c."
The Sporting Magazine
. London : J. Wheble [etc.], 1793-1870. SpCS. 796.05 S764w – vol.1, 1793.
-Stuyvesant Peabody Collection. Gift of Anita Healy Peabody.

Life of a racehorse

Cover: Mills, John. The Life of a Racehorse. London : Ward and Lock, 1861.
SPCS. 798.4 M657L
-Stuyvesant Peabody Collection. Gift of Anita Healy Peabody.

Stuyvesant Peabody. His Book.

[Bookplate]. Stuyvesant Peabody. His Book.

Front cover of Sporting society : or, Sporting chat and sporting memories...

Cover: Russell, Fox. Sporting Society: or, Sporting Chat and Sporting Memories; Stories Humorous and Curious; Wrinkles of the Field and the Race-course; Anecdotes of the Stable and the Kennel; with Numerous Practical Notes on Shooting and Fishing / from the pen of various sporting celebrities and well-known writers on the turf and the chase; edited by Fox Russell; illustrations by Randolph Caldecott ... London : Bellairs, 1897. SPCS. 799.1 R963S1897
-Stuyvesant Peabody Collection. Gift of Anita Healy Peabody.

Geese attacking Gollagher

Facing text:
“G stands for Geese.
Look at Gollagher now,
And Himself in the think of a Family Row!”
Somerville, E. Œ. (Edith Œnone). Slipper’s ABC of Fox Hunting. London, Longmans, Green and Co., 1903. SPCS. 823.91 S696SL
-Stuyvesant Peabody Collection. Gift of Anita Healy Peabody.