February 8, 2021
Lanham, MD — Rowman & Littlefield (R&L) today announces the acquisition of selected trade titles from Eclipse Press, an equestrian publisher based in Lexington, Kentucky, and established by The Blood-Horse, Inc., in 2000. The titles have been acquired from the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), which had sole oversight of the Eclipse program since 2015.
Eclipse Press is dedicated to the enjoyment and welfare of the horse. The purchased publications range from practical aspects of hands-on horsemanship to equine art and retrospectives on the great Thoroughbred racehorses, rivalries, and races. Among the titles acquired are more than twenty books in the “Thoroughbred Legends” series, featuring biographies of iconic horses such as Man o’ War, War Admiral, Nashua, Secretariat, Alydar, Affirmed, Ruffian, Spectacular Bid, and Seattle Slew. Eclipse authors include Edward L. Bowen, Timothy Capps, Bill Heller, Sue McConnell, the late John McEvoy, Lenny Schulman, Milt Toby, and Bonnie S. Urquhart.
Lyons Press, a Rowman & Littlefield trade imprint, will begin reissuing selected titles under the Eclipse Press sub-imprint in Fall 2021.
Jed Lyons, CEO of Rowman & Littlefield, has had ties with Eclipse Press for some time. He says, “NBN used to distribute Eclipse Press for The Blood Horse organization. We remember those days fondly and are privileged to have Eclipse back in the family.”
“Eclipse Press served as an important part of TOBA for over two decades and many of its titles were highly acclaimed and well received by Thoroughbred racing enthusiasts,” said Dan Metzger, president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. “We are excited to pass the torch to Rowman & Littlefield and look forward to seeing Eclipse Press books in the marketplace for years to come.”
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