The American Book of the Dog
True First Edition, Published Rand McNally in 1891
Custom Full Leather Binding
Full Title: The American Book of the Dog: The Origin, Development, Special Characteristics, Utility Breeding, Training, Points of Judging, Diseases, and Kennel Management of All Breeds of Dogs
Authors: Edited by G.O. Shields with contributions from many well-known authors of dog books as well as other experts on the various dog breeds
Binding Details: Beautiful full morocco leather custom binding with decorative raised bands to the spine that also features gilt ruled compartments with the title in a green morocco tile and elaborate floral decorations and central gilt devices. There is triple gilt ruling with floral stops on the covers, gold ruled inner dentelles, hand marbled endpapers, and the top page ends are gold gilted.
Book Details: This is the First Edition, First Impression (Printing) of “The American Book of the Dog” published by Rand, McNally and Company in 1891. This classic reference work is a comprehensive survey with the subtitle providing details of the contents – “The Origin, Development, Special Characteristics, Utility Breeding, Training, Points of Judging, Diseases, and Kennel Management of All Breeds of Dogs”.
The book measures approximately 9.25” x 6.75” x 2.5” with 702 pages that include a frontispiece and numerous in-page illustrations, a preface, introduction, table of contents, list of illustrations, and several pages of advertisements after the last page of the book.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE- condition with minor generalized shelfwear. Internally, the book is very clean with some minor age toning to the outer edges of the text pages. Overall, this is a beautiful full leather custom binding that houses one of the classic works that is a must have for dog enthusiasts.
Photographs of the binding, endpapers, and some stock illustrations from the book appear in the photo section of the listing.