A Practical Treatise on the Breeding Cow
1844, with thirteen fold-out plates
Reprint (the preface is dated 1807), hardback rebound in green binder's cloth with simple gilt titling to spine. 25 × 15.5cm, xii + 364pp.
Full title: A Practical Treatise on the Breeding Cow, and Extraction of the Calf: Before and at the Time of Calving; In Which the Question of Difficult Parturition Is Considered in All Its Bearing, With Reference to Facts and Experience; Including Observations on the Diseases of Neat Cattle Generally; Containing Profitable Instructions to the Breeding Farmer, Cowkeeper, and Grazier, for Attending to Their Own Cattle During Illness, According to the Most Approved Modern methods of Treatment, and the Application of Long Known and Skilful Prescriptions and Remedies for Every Disorder Incident to Horned Cattle. The Whole Adapted to the Present State of Veterinary Practice. Illustrated with Thirteen Highly-Finished Plates.
An early edition of this rare book on breeding cows, with the fold-out plates printed in green. The book has been rebound and all thirteen plates have been bound in at the beginning of the book rather than placed at the correct place through the text. No 3 has been incorrectly numbered as No 4 (so there are two 4s) but they are all present. The book is in two parts, the first deals with the "various circumstances that attend the state of gestation or pregnancy, and the parturition, or delivery, of the animal", the second describes the "various diseases incident to this species of cattle".
A rare book, and this one in good condition. As mentioned, it has been rebound with the folded plates at the beginning. They are all in good condition, with occasional but light foxing. The main body of text is in good condition, the inner binding secure and the pages clean but the final 10 pages have some damp damage to the top outer corner which affects the text on page 359/360 but is still readable. A previous owner has annotated the title page to state it was rebound in 1950.