8vo, pp. viii, 920, with engraved title, frontispiece, and 18 plates; woodcut illustrations in text; a little spotting to early leaves, frontispiece chipped at edges, short tear to 3D3; a very good copy in contemporary half sheep with cloth sides, spine gilt-ruled in compartments, lettered directly in gilt in one, edges speckled red; rubbed and lightly bumped, skilfully rebacked in paper with spine-piece relaid.
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A Manual of modern Farriery, embracing the Cure of Diseases incidental to Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Swine, and Dogs, with Instructions in Racing, Hunting, Coursing, Shooting, Fishing, and Field-Sports generally, together with a Summary of the Game-Laws.
First edition of this farriery manual, likely revised from Brown’s less extensive work The complete modern Farrier (Dingley 113). After entering the Royal Veterinary College in 1846, Thomas Brown (1827–1906) rose quickly, being appointed Professor of Veterinary Science at the Royal Agricultural College in 1850, aged only twenty-three. Though often dated to 1847, this being the last year mentioned in the summary of the game laws, there is no reason to believe that the text was written immediately after this, in the same year the author received his first diploma.
Though completely rewritten and considerably expanded, the structure and contents are undoubtedly heavily indebted to Lawson’s Modern Farrier.
Not in Dingley (cf. 113).
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