Early and historic books about the health and treatment of animals are very collectable. Works on veterinary medicine, particularly from the eras that defined this field of science, fascinate many collectors.
It’s possible to find rare and out-of-print books covering all aspects of the animal world but titles about the health and physiology of horses are perhaps the most common. A little more than a hundred years ago, the horse was still a defining element behind transport and agriculture, as well as sport and the military, so it’s not surprising to see equine matters written about at length.
Many of these veterinary medicine books were key textbooks at the time and collectors are often drawn to the beautiful illustrations.
Some of the titles listed date back to the 1700s including The Gentleman’s Farriery by J. Bartlett - a book about horse diseases and cures. Sheep, cattle, poultry and canine veterinary books are also showcased in this selection.
The Gentleman's Farriery: Or a Practical Treatise on the Diseases
by J. Bartlett (1756) sold
Recommendations on new methods of breeding horses and trepanning glandered horses.
by Eugene Alix (1886)
A famous and extensive encyclopedic work on the horse.
The Complete Farrier
by Walter B. Sloane (1869)
Includes segments on diseases and treatments for horse and cattle.
by George Armatage (1860)
A guide to the British and Colonial Flockmaster in the treatment and prevention of disease.
The Structure of the Fowl
by Orlando Charnock Bradley (1915)
An introduction to the anatomy of the fowl with many illustrations.
by Delabere Blaine (1824)
A description of the diseases of dogs with their causes, symptoms and mode of cure.
by George Armatage (1894)
Varieties and management in health and disease.
The Illustrated Stock Doctor
by J. Russell Manning (1892)
All the facts concerning the various breeds and their characteristics and general care.