Excellent, complete copy of this rare and beautifully produced publication on husky breeds, ‘the first serious work dealing with northern dogs’ (Preface, by Leonid Sabaneyev).
This album of striking images of laïkas, or Northern dogs, is drawn from data collected by Shirinskiy-Shihmatov (1862-1927), a passionate bear hunter accross Russia – and also great art collector. ‘Being much interested in the natural sagacity and hunting capacity of the laïkas he procured some hundreds of specimens of different varieties and applied himself seriously to their study and breeding.’ (Preface)
While the upper cover is in Russian, the text and tables are all in English, and divided in two parts: Korelskaya/Korel-Laïka; and Zyryanskaya/Zirian-Laïka. Interestingly it can be noted that ‘all the receipt [sic] is to be employed for the foundation of the leper’s colony in the governement of Yacootsk’ [Yakutsk]. Dedicated to Grand Duke Nikolay Nikolaevich, another famous princely hunter using Russian hounds.
First edition; landscape folio (33.5 x 48.5 cm); illustrated tilte-page, dedication, preface, 2 letterpress tables, a ‘Profiles of the Skulls’ plate printed in two colours, a chromolithographic map, 31 photogravures, with additional pamphlet by the author with blue wrappers, in excellent conidion; unbound as issued within original green cloth portfolio, upper cover blocked in gilt with titling in Russian, white-watered silk lining, cover slightly rubbed.
Stock ID: 100038