A General Treatise on Cattle, the Ox, the Sheep, and the Swine
A rare 1809 2nd edition of John Lawrence's study of farm animals
Second edition, with additions. Hardback, rebound in plain brown binder's cloth with simple gilt titling to spine. 22 × 13cm, [xiv], 618pp
Full title: A General Treatise on Cattle, the Ox, the Sheep, and the Swine: Comprehending Their Breeding, Management, Improvement and Diseases
A rare early nineteenth century guide to the management of farm animals. For cattle, it describes the characteristics, breeds of British cattle, dairy, grazing and fattening etc, then for sheep, it's wool, crossing breeds, appellatives, shepherds, tups, food etc, and with further sections on lambs, shearing, breeds. The swine section features varieties, breeds, breeding and fattening etc. Then the book looks at cattle medicine, including quacks and quackery, and a description of diseases of oxen, cows and calves. The supplement at the end of the book expands the entries with separate additions.
John Lawrence (1753–1839) wrote on political and agricultural subjects and an early advocate of animal welfare and rights. This title was first published in 1806, this second edition appearing three years later with the additional material.
This copy is in good condition for age. The book has been rebound as mentioned, and the cloth is in solid condition but faded to the spine and a little wear at the spine ends. The inner binding is secure. The title page and final page of text are tanned but the main body of text is in good condition, with occasional spotted foxing but remaining in strong readable condition.