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W. Youatt and W.C.L. Martin, Cattle: Treatise on Their Breeds, Management, and Diseases, Ed. A. Stevens, C.M. Saxton, 1851


Book on cattle breeding and management for farmers and veterinarians by W. Youatt and W.C.L. Martin. Entitled Cattle: Being a Treatise on Their Breeds, Management, and Diseases … The Whole Forming a Complete Guide for the Farmer, the Amateur, and Veterinary Surgeon. Edited by A. Stevens and published in New York by C.M. Saxton in 1851. American edition. Red embossed cloth hardcover.

William Youatt was an English veterinary surgeon, and William Charlies Linnaeus Martin was an English naturalist. Martin, son of renowned naturalist artist William Martin, was named "Linnaeus" after the famous Swedish naturalist. Interestingly enough, in 1851, the date this current book was published, Darwin supplemented the Linnaean concept of static species in favor of “transmutation,” or descent with modification, turning the old classification system on its head. This book on cattle breeding and care, therefore, was published at the cusp of scientific change.

Inscribed on front end paper "Endel Page / 1851 / Caryswood." In fair to poor condition. All in all, shows signs of real use in the field from 1851 onward. Top of spine carefully sewn back on with red thread. Some wear and tear on spine and cover corners. Book was rebound with thread by an amateur, perhaps in the 1910s or 1920s. Some pages are loose, others have short tears or dog ears. Foxing and yellowing. Measures 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches. Weighs 1 lb 3 oz.


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