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 the magnificent lithographed plates were made.
2 volumes bound in 1, folio, half-titles, 56 hand-coloured lithographed plates by Fairland after W. Nicholson, from paintings by William Shiels, tissue guards, contemporary green half morocco gilt for Sotheran, all edges gilt, a very handsome copy.
Nissen (ZBI), 2564, erroneously calling for 57 plates; Podeschi/Mellon, 168; Wood, p.442.
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