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The Dog Lovers' Book

By Edwin Noble; Edwin Hautenville Richardson.

1910

Wells, Gardner, Darton & Co. Ltd. : London

10" by 8"

xx, 304pp.

 

 

 

DETAILS

A very scarce first edition copy of 'The Dog Lovers' Book' complete with twenty four charming coloured plates.

Detailing a variety of different dog breeds divided into distinct chapters- 'the watchdogs or Guardian; the Sporting Dogs, or dogs who help man to capture other animals, either for food of for profit; the Lapdogs, who are kept as companions and pets; and a few individual dogs that we shall call Wild dogs'. However, despite the differences between these breeds, the opening statement of the text is consistently proposed, that: "The dog is the friend of man", 'not merely his companion, his playmate, or his servant, to provide him with food and clothing, but "his friend". Written and illustrated by Edwin Noble a notable illustrator of 'Animal Painting' and a lecturer on animal drawing and anatomy at the Central and Camberwell Schools of Arts and Crafts. Noble served as a sergeant in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps during the First World War, where he was employed as an official war artist, depicting horses and mules in charcoal and watercolour. He seems to have worked exclusively as an animal artist and his characteristically emphatic outline gives his work a strongly decorative quality. Containing a preface by 'Major Richardson', or Edwin Hautenville Richardson a police and military dog trainer and founder and commandant of the 'British War Dog School'. The school was established due to the demand of trained military dogs in the British army; at the beginning of the First World War, Germany had around 6000 trained military dogs and the British Army had just one - an Airedale terrier. After a childhood surrounded by dogs, and after completing extensive studies of canine history and the use of dogs in warfare, Richardson became interested in the methods of training dogs for military service, and eventually created the first British War Dog School in 1916. Featuring an errata slip tipped in to page v and prior owner's ink inscription to the half title page: 'Maryse. C. Chandless September 1945' Collated, complete with twenty four coloured plates, numerous black and white vignettes, and a folding plate detailing the 'Comparative Sizes of Dogs'.

CONDITION

In a cloth binding. Externally, a trifle rubbed. Bumped to extremities and head and tail of spine. Rubbed to joints. Small split to cloth, head and tail of front joint. Sunned to spine and fore edge of rear board. Handling marks to boards. Hinges tender, showing chords. Internally, generally firmly bound, strained in places. Pages bright and clean with the odd spot. Pages age toned with the occasional handling mark. Ink inscription by prior owner to half title page. Errata slip tipped in to page v. Tidemark to lower fore edge of tissue guard to plate 'The Bobtailed Sheep-Dog', facing page 36, not affecting plate.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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