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LOW, David.

The breeds of the domestic animals of the British Islands.

Stock Code
104279
London, Longman, Orme, 1840
£9,500


First edition of The Breeds including sections on the horse (8 plates), the ox (22), the sheep (21), and the pig (5). Within each section 'the descriptions are preceded by a full history of the wild and domesticated races so far as known. The two most remarkable circumstances in the history of the Horse are the character of the British racehorse and the escape of the horse from human control in Spanish America'.

David Low (1786-1859), Professor of Agriculture at the University of Edinburgh, commissioned the artist William Shiel to paint portraits of the animal subjects from which these magnificent lithographed plates were made.

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Description

First edition, 2 volumes bound in one; folio (43 x 32.4 cm), half-titles, 56 hand-coloured lithographed plates by Fairland after W. Nicholson, from paintings by William Shiels, previous owner's card pasted down inside on front pastedown; bound in nineteenth-century half morocco, spine elaborately gilt in compartments, marbled boards, all edges gilt, binders mark, binding rubbed in parts; otherwise a fine example.

Bibliography

Nissen (ZBI), 2564, erroneously calling for 57 plates; Podeschi/Mellon, 168; Wood, p.442.

Stock ID:104279

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