Bound in original brown cloth, with blind stamped borders,gilt. Deckled edges. Extremities a little worn and some foxing, but otherwise a dine copy. Later inscription of Walter J. Green on half-title.



Longmans, Green, and Co.,






Under the superintendence of the society for the diffusion of useful knowledge.

Item Description

8vo. 6 x 9 inches. [viii ]+ 270 pp. + [2] + 24 pp. advertisements. Half-title. Appendix, Rules of the National Coursing Club.


Illustrated with vignette title page and engravings in text.


In 1830, Youatt made an agreement with the Society to write a series of handbooks on animals of the farm and these were published, 1831-47. The first half of the book provides an account of the varieties of dog and the second part describes its anatomy and diseases, with advice on treatment. William Youatt (1776-1847) was a notable veterinary surgeon, the son of an Exeter surgeon. He moved to London in 1810, eventually took over the veterinary practice of his partner, Delabere Blaine, and also lectured and demonstrated to students before ill health led him to pursue a literary career. He edited and wrote for The Veterinarian and was ahead of his time in determining that rabies could only be spread by the bite of a rabid animal (see the account in chapter eight). Youatt was a founder member of the English Agricultural Society (later RASE) in 1838 and was an early member of the newly established Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1844. The Dog was first published in 1845 and appeared in later reprints until 1895. A fine copy of this early systematic work on dogs.

[Stock No. 21219]

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