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    A Discourse of Housebandrie. No lesse profitable then delectable: declaryng how by Housebandrie, or, rather Housewiferie of Hennes, for five hundred Frankes or Frenche poundes...once emploied one maie gaine in the yere fower thousande and five hundreth Frankes (which in Englishe money, maketh five hundreth poundes) of honest profite: all costes and charges deducted. Written in the Frenche tongue by Maister Prudens Choiselat. And lately translated into Englishe by R.E. by PRUDENT LE CHOYSELAST, -, M

    Woodcut device on title. Largely printed in black letter. [32] pp. Small 4to, early 20th-cent. calf (stains to the first six leaves, upper edge trimmed touching the first two words of title & headlines of several other leaves), triple gilt fillet round sides, a.e.g. London: J. Kyngston for M. Hennynges, 1580. Second edition in English (first edition, in French: 1569; first edition in English: 1577), of this notable work: it presents the first business plan published in France. The work was very influential, with many French editions, two English editions, and a German edition of 1615. The author, Prudent le Choyselast (1530-ca. 1577), a former soldier and royal prosecutor of Sézanne in Champagne, was familiar with the devastation of the French rural economy caused by the religious wars. In this book, Prudent proposes to an impoverished friend that he create a poultry-farming company to regain his lost fortune. The friend could raise hens and roosters and sell the eggs and excess chickens in Paris. Prudent presents the concept of management and a way of calculating the profitability of the planned company in a modern style. While not the first to include "profit" in the title, Prudent goes further than any other writer of the time in emphasizing the importance of the return on investment. He considers the necessary initial cash outlay, costs of feeding the chickens and the transport of the eggs to market, managing labor and logistics, price fluctuations, etc. There is much on the care of poultry and veterinary medicine. Prudent describes the breeds of chickens, the importance of controlling and treating diseases so that the company will remain profitable, sanitary control, etc. Fine copy and an extremely rare book; ESTC locates only the BL and Harvard copies in addition to this example. A note written in ca. 1906 on the free front endpaper by Williamson of Quaritch, who was instrumental in providing many of the early printed rarities to the Lawes Library, states, "Very scarce, the only copy I have known for sale, a very valuable book. HW." Signature of "Will: Forsyth 1810" on verso of title. Signature on second free front endpaper of Harrison Weir, Iddesleigh, Sevenoaks, Kent, June, 1890, an animal painter and author. Stamp on verso of title of the Rothamsted Experimental Station. ❧ Fussell, "The Classical Tradition in West European Farming: the Sixteenth Century" in The Economic History Review, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Dec. 1969), pp. 547 & 550). Huzard, Notice analytique et bibliographique de l'ouvrage de Prudent Le Choyselat sur les avantages que l'on peut retirer des poules (Paris: 1830). Marco & Noumen, The First Business Plan in France of Prudent le Choyselat 1569-1612 (Saint-Denis: 2015).


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    History of Veterinary Medicine in Tennessee by Kirkeminde, Patricia Barclay

    Nashville: Modern Typographers. Very Good/No Dj. 1976. First. Hardcover. 8vo SIGNED BY AUTHOR in number 350 of a first edition limited to 1,500 copies. Tight, clean, edge stamps. Good reference copy. .


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    PRACTICAL HOME VETERINARIAN by Roberts, David D. V. S

    Waukesha, WI: Dr. David Roberts' Veterinary Co. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1912. Eleventh Edition. Hardcover. Animals; Nature; FARMING; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo; 184 pages .


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    £8.50

    The Pig Farmer's Veterinary Book by Barron, Norman [Foreword by Dr. John Hammond]

    Dairy Farmer Books Ltd, Lloyds Chambers, Ipswich Second Edition Completely Revised and Enlarged 1957. 1957., 1957. Hard back binding in publisher's original blue cloth covers, gilt lettering to spine. 8vo 8½" x 6" 143 pp. Fold-out frontispiece, monochrome photographic illustrations on glossy silk art paper. Spine tip faded and in Very Good condition. Member of the P.B.F.A.


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    The Horse in Health And Disease; or, Suggestions on His Natural and General History, Varieties, Conformation, Paces, Action, Age, Soundness, Stabling, Condition, Training and Shoeing With a Digest on Veterinary Practice. by Winter, James W

    London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans., 1846. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Quarter bound brown leather over marbled boards. 8vo. Frontispiece [viii] pp 376 with nine b/w plates and one color plate. The author, James W. Winter was a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and of the Association Litteraire D'Egypt and late Veterinary Surgeon to Mehmet Ali and Ibrahim Pasha.Overall good condition with some wear to the boards and light moisture marks to the plates. Two page corners professionally repaired. back free endpaper excised.


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    International Encyclopedia of Veterinary Medicine [5 Volumes] by Dalling, Sir Thomas With Alexander Robertson, George F. Boddie and James S. A. Spruell

    Published by W. Green & Son Ltd., Edinburgh and Sweet & Maxwell Ltd., London First Edition 1966. Edinburgh & London 1966., 1966. Matching set first edition hard back binding in publisher's original stone grey cloth covers, gilt and maroon title and author block lettering to the spines and the upper panels. 8vo. 10'' x 6½''. Contains printed pages of text with colour frontispiece to each, monochrome illustrations throughout. Spines uniformly a little faded and rubbed, light tanning to the page edges, without any ownership markings and in Very Good condition, no dust wrappers. Member of the P.B.F.A.


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    St. Foine Improved, a Discourse shewing the Utility and Benefit which England hath and may receive by the Grasse called St. Foine, and answering the Objections urged against it. Being useful for all Ingenious Men. Written by a Person of Honour lately deceased by (SAINFOIN)

    1 p.l., 20 pp. Small 4to, attractive half-calf & marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, several lower edges uncut. London: S. & B. G[riffin] for N. Brooke, 1671. First edition and a nice copy. This work has been attributed by many to Sir John Pettus (ca. 1613-85), natural philosopher and politician, but this is probably erroneous. Sainfoin is a highly nutritious plant, which served as an important forage for livestock. "A most interesting little book...whoever wrote it knew what he was talking about, and had evidently made himself thoroughly acquainted with the peculiarities and value of the plant as a farmer's crop."-McDonald, Agricultural Writers...1200-1800, p. 110. Fine copy. ❧ Henrey, I, pp. 192-93-"An interesting little tract" & no. 335.


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    The Horse From Conception to Maturity by Rossdale, Peter D

    Published by J. A. Allen & Co. 1 Lower Grosvenor Place, London 1997 Revised Edition. London 1997., 1997. Publisher's original colour illustrated card wrap covers. 8vo. 9'' x 6''. ISBN 0851315461. Contains 174 printed pages of text with monochrome illustrations and photographs throughout. Without any ownership markings and in Fine condition, no dust wrapper as published. Member of the P.B.F.A.


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    The Animals Come First [Double Signed] by Bowring, Mary [Maurice Bowring] Phyllis Piper

    Published by Collins & Harvill Press, London First Edition 1976. 1976., 1976. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original nutmeg paper covered boards, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. 8vo. 8'' x 5½''. Contains 217 printed pages of text. Fine condition book in Fine condition dust wrapper, not price clipped. SIGNED by the Author and her husband to the front free end paper 'To Phyllis Piper with best wishes from Mary Bowring and Maurice'. Dust wrapper supplied in archive acetate film protection, it does not adhere to the book or to the dust wrapper. Member of the P.B.F.A. ISBN 0002620065


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    The Cattle of the Tropics by Maule, John P

    Published by University of Edinburgh Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine First Edition 1990. Edinburgh 1990., 1990. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original camel cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. 8vo. 8½'' x 5½''. ISBN 0907146058. Contains [xiv] 225 printed pages of text with monochrome photographs. Without any ownership markings. Fine condition book, in Fine condition dust wrapper, unused new book. Dust wrapper supplied in archive acetate film protection, this protects and prolongs the life of the paper, it is not adhered to the book or to the dust wrapper. Member of the P.B.F.A.


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    Treatise on the Diseases of the Ox; Being a Manual of Bovine Pathology. Especialy Adapted for the Use of Veterinary Practitioners and Students by Steel, John Henry

    London: Longmans Green & Co. Minor wear and rubbing to covers. Spine is sunned. Ex-libris plate on inner board. Inner hinges cracked. Sm. amount of browning and light foxing to eps. 1893. 4th edition. Maroon hardback cloth cover. 230mm x 150mm (9" x 6"). xxxiv, 520pp + ads. .


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    Veterinary Hematology: Atlas of Common Domestic Species by REAGAN, William J.; SANDERS, Teresa G.; DENICOLA, Dennis B

    Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1998. First edition first printing. Hardcover. Very Good-. Hardcover. Very Good-. Light wear to corners; some slanting to spine; some soiling to covers.


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    Medecine veterinaire: ou Instruction au Laboureur.. by VILLBURG, Anton Karl von

    Berne, 1785. hardcover. very good(+). Traduite de l'allemand avec un abrege de Matiere medicale par George Moschard. 287 pages, untrimmed, small 8vo, uncut, contemporary boards. Berne, 1785. Very good (+). Blake 490.


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    The Athletic Horse; Principles and Practice of Equine Sports Medicine by Hodgson, David R. and Reuben J. Rose

    Published by W. B. Sunders Co. Philadelphia First Edition 1994. Philadelphia 1994., 1994. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original burgundy cloth covers, silver title and author lettering to the spine and to the upper panel. Quarto. 10½'' x 7½''. ISBN 0721637590. Contains [xii] 497 printed pages of text with monochrome illustrations and photographs throughout. Without any ownership markings and in very near Fine condition with very minor rubs to the spine ends, unused new book. Member of the P.B.F.A.


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    Foure Bookes of Husbandry...Conteyning the whole Arte and Trade of Husbandry, with the antiquitie, and commendations thereof. Newely English, and increased, by Barnabe Googe, Esquire by HERESBACH, Conrad

    Full-page woodcut armorial device on verso of title, one woodcut in the text, & woodcut initials & decorations. Largely printed in black letter. 11 p.l. (several preliminary leaves misbound at end), 193, [1] leaves. Small 4to, cont. limp vellum (wrinkled & somewhat soiled, minor & mostly marginal worming to misbound leaves, minor dampstaining), ties gone. London: Printed by R. Watkins, 1577. First edition in English, translated by Barnabe Googe (1540-94). This work, first published in Latin in Cologne in 1570, was extremely popular. Written in the form of a dialogue, the book takes an imaginary visitor through the countryman's house, and shows him his farm, stables, garden, apiary, fishpond, dovecote, etc. The four books cover: 1. arable ground, tillage, and pasture; 2. gardens, orchards, and woods; 3. breeding and care of cattle; and 4. poultry, fowl, fish, and bees. Heresbach (1496-1576), a friend and long-time correspondent of Erasmus, served as tutor to the future William V, duke of Cleves, and was engaged in many important diplomatic missions. The present book, "written in the form of a discussion between four persons, aims at collecting all the available information from classical and Biblical sources, and adding to that the information that more modern writers had gleaned, together with the experience of various friends of the author."-Fussell, I, p. 12. Viticulture and the art of making wine are dealt with in book two, veterinary medicine in books three and four. Very good and fresh copy. Short natural paper tear to I6 just touching catchword. Signature of "Eliza: Lucy:" on free front endpaper and "E.R. August ye 16 1695" on rear free endpaper. Stamp of Rothamsted Experimental Station at foot of title. ❧ Bietenholz & Deutscher, Contemporaries of Erasmus, Vol. II, pp. 183-84.


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    Report of the Sub-Committee on the Preparation of a System of Description of Colours and Markings of Horses by [Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons]

    Published by R. C. V. S. 32 Belgrave Square, London 1977 Revised Edition. London 1977., 1977. Publisher's original stapled green card wrap covers. 8vo. 7½'' x 5¼''. Contains 10 printed pages of text with fold-out monochrome plate to the rear. Without any ownership markings and in Very Good condition, no dust wrapper as published. Member of the P.B.F.A.


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    Decorated manuscript on vellum, in Anglo-Norman French, of Walter of Henley's Hosbondrye, seven leaves (lacking the final leaf). Small 4to (198 x 140 mm.), single column, 29 lines (text block: 128 x 90 mm.), text written throughout in one hand in Anglicana, 24 initials in blue with pen flourishing in red, oftentimes with seven- or eight-line extensions in margins, chapter divisions in red & blue by WALTER OF HENLEY

    Modern brown morocco (a few small wormholes, occasionally touching a few letters, more pronounced in the final leaf). [England: early 14th century]. An important early 14th-century manuscript of Walter of Henley's Husbandry, the most widely read of several notable treatises on agriculture that survive from mid- or late 13th-century England. This manuscript exhibits notable differences from other surviving examples (see below). Little is known of Walter of Henley (fl. 1260). "From what the treatise says of estate administration at a time when methods were changing, it seems likely that it was written in the 1250s or 1260s. It is one of six treatises on managing agricultural properties that survive from mid- or late thirteenth-century England. Only one of the others has a named author - Robert Grosseteste, bishop of Lincoln (d. 1253) - and Walter of Henley's treatise was the most widely read of them all, as shown by the number of surviving manuscripts and by the degree of variation between them, pointing to frequent copying and glossing. Its popularity is understandable, for it is written with great charm and verve. Its structure is that of a contemporary sermon, with prologue and epilogue related to the main theme but looking beyond its technical content. This theme was a commentary on a slightly earlier treatise, the Seneschaucy; it enlarges on the techniques involved in, successively, manorial management, corn growing, and livestock. It is written from the viewpoint of the owner of a small estate, who managed it in person, and it bears many marks of the author's individuality, among them an emphasis on profit, honestly and honourably gained, the occasional proverb in English, and digressions to calculate, for instance, the relative cost of oxen and horses in plough-teams. The author seems to have produced two versions of the text and it has been suggested that the first was for oral delivery, the second for reading. Although the treatise was soon out of date in some details of management, its agricultural precepts continued to be valid, and in the fifteenth century it was still being copied, apparently as of practical value."-ODNB. There are sections on husbandry, farming (including ploughing, sowing, harvesting, costs of cultivation, etc.), and livestock including cattle, pigs, sheep, and poultry. He discusses the plow team; feeding horses, oxen, and pigs; the care of sucklings; milk yields; culling livestock; feeding sheep; etc. In 1971, Dorothea Oschinsky listed 32 surviving manuscripts of the Hosbondrye, to which she added in her Preface three further manuscripts (including ours), which were discovered after the main part of her book had gone to press. The text is known in two traditions, called α and β. The manuscripts derived are classed in group A (from α) and groups B-F (from β, and its branches γ and δ). The different groups often share variants and show individualistic omissions or insertions. In this manuscript - most likely originally from a composite codex - the text of the Hosbondrye is copied with accuracy, possibly in a professional milieu. Corrections are lacking, and only a few words are wrongly repeated. The text copied belongs to tradition β, but shares some variants with branch γ, establishing a new group from β. Regarding our manuscript, Oschinsky wrote "one early-fourteenth-century copy has come to light which is of great interest...It enables us, moreover, to assess the printed translation of Walter included in The Booke of Thrift by James Bellot, printed in 1589...We now find that it was translated from a copy which followed the version of the newly-found Rothamsted copy and it can be assumed that the two texts are survivors of a group, widely spaced in time, which ultimately derived from a copy of β older than our γ."-D. Oschinsky, Walter of Henley and Other Treatises on Estate Management and Accounting (Oxford: 1971), pp. vii-viii. A dozen surviving manuscripts give the author's name in the title, while two offer biographical information, describing Henley as a knight and, later, as a Dominican friar. As mentioned above, our manuscript lacks the final leaf of text, with 59 lines, containing Chapters 102-113. Considering the unknown scribe copied the text with regularity, filling each page with 29 lines, it is logical to assume that only the final leaf of the manuscript is now missing. Manuscripts of Henley's Hosbondrye are extremely rare on the market. ❧ Trow-Smith, A History of British Livestock Husbandry to 1700, p. 88-one of "the first great agrarian treatises"-(& see pages 93, 115, 116, 118, 119, 120, 151, 157, & 160).


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    Small Animal Surgery : An Atlas of Operative Techniques by Wingfield, Wayne E ; Rawlings, Clarence

    W B Saunders Company, Philadelphia, London, Toronto, 1979. First Edition. Hardcover. Fair/No Jacket. Hosmer, Floyd ; Beisel, Dan. 228 pages (complete). A scruffy but benign copy. The boards are scuffed, marked and worn about all edges, corners and seams. The covers though, are secure and competent. Within, the hinges along the frontispage are a little weak but the general security of the book is unaffected. The pages are placid, clear (although there are some mild handling marks about), confident and diligent. fk


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    Fundamental Techniques in Veterinary Surgery [Second Edition] by Knecht, Charles D. and Algernon R. Allen, David J. Williams, Jerry H. Johnson

    Published by W. B. Saunders Co. Philadelphia Second Edition 1981. Philadelphia 1981., 1981. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original scarlet cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine and the upper panel. Quarto. 10'' x 8''. ISBN 0721654630. Contains [xiv] 305 [i] printed pages of text with monochrome diagrams and photographs throughout. Without any ownership markings and in very near Fine condition, no dust wrapper as published. Member of the P.B.F.A.


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    Manuscript on vellum of Opus Agriculturae, 112 leaves (the first blank), small 4to (155 x 115 mm.), single column (text block: 120-125 x 80 mm.), text written in brown ink in a single minuscule chancery hand throughout, first capital letter of each chapter set out in margin, some browning & spotting due to the varying quality of the vellum used or recycled (several leaves are palimpsests), some natural flaws to vellum including small holes, around which the scribe has written text by PALLADIUS, Rutilius Taurus Aemilianus

    19th-cent. russia, sides panelled in gilt & blind, gilt arms in center of the Pelham-Clinton family. Italy, perhaps Tuscany: early 15th century. A fine manuscript, from the celebrated library of the dukes of Newcastle in Clumber, of this important fourth-century Roman treatise on agriculture. It enjoyed wide popularity in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, owing to its clear arrangement, with the farming and gardening tasks subdivided according to the twelve months of the year. It "was clearly more useful than that of any of Palladius' predecessors. This fact alone may explain the preservation of his text and its popularity compared with that of Columella."-R.H. Rodgers, "Palladius Rutilius Taurus Aemilianus" in Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum, Vol. III, pp. 195-99. Palladius wrote his agricultural treatise with considerable borrowings from his predecessors, mostly Columella, but he consulted other technical writers as well, some of whose texts have not survived. In addition, Palladius seems to have had some practical experience in farming; he mentions his own property in Italy and Sardinia. The Opus Agriculturae was composed of thirteen books: a general introduction and one book for each year's twelve months. This text survives in about 100 extant manuscripts, from the ninth to the 16th century. Most of them do not have Book XIV, which was written possibly later and is concerned with special topics of veterinary medicine not already covered in Books I-XIII. The text of Book XIV was separated early and was never widely accessible in the Middle Ages. It was not known to be by Palladius until the 20th century. It was "rediscovered in 1905 by R. Sabbadini, who thought that it was the work of a twelfth-century excerptor of Columella. Identification with the lost book of Palladius was made in 1925 by Svennung."-Rodgers, p. 198. Books I-XIII have substantial passages on the care of animals. Palladius also describes a Roman machine reaper and the use of water mills for grinding corn, thereby easing the burden of men and animals. "He mentions corn-mills driven by the water of public baths and aqueducts."-Singer et al., A History of Technology, II, p. 601. This copy comes from the famous library of the dukes of Newcastle (their third sale "Twenty-Nine Highly Important Illuminated Manuscripts," Sotheby's, 6 Dec. 1937, lot 960, ₤28 to Maggs Bros.). In fine condition.


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    Yoton Setsuryaku ( ) by Harris, Joseph

    Tokyo: Yamatoya Kihee, 1872. Very good. 2 vols. 8vo. Original wrappers, stitched as issued in the Japanese style (a little stained; early ownership stamps on first pages; light stains to upper margins and colophons). Complete copy in good condition. A remarkable Japanese abridged edition of Joseph Harris's "Harris on the Pig: Breeding, Rearing, Management, and Improvement" (New York, 1870), with a preface by Genkan Sumida. There are six charming illustrations of pigs and wild boar on five leaves, here rendered in fairly crude woodcuts. The utility of Harris's text is attested by the fact that this abridgement appeared in Japanese very soon after it was published in New York. There are chapters on the care of pigs, the species of pigs, how to make them fatter and more healthy, how to make a pig's shelter, preparation of food, etc. Highly curious.


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    Equine Medicine and Surgery Volume I [Third Edition] by Mansmann, R. A. With E. S. McAllister and P. W. Pratt

    Published by American Veterinary Publications Inc. Third Edition 1982. 1982., 1982. Hard back binding in publisher's original aqua marine blue cloth covers, gilt and black title and author block lettering to the spine and the upper panel. Quarto. 10½'' x 8''. Contains 704 [xvi] printed pages of text with monochrome photographs and diagrams throughout. Without any ownership markings and in Very Good condition. Member of the P.B.F.A.


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    £86.00

    The Veterinarian; A Monthly Journal of Veterinary Science for 1866. Vol. XXXIX - Vol XII, Fourth Series by Morton and Simmons, Professors [eds.]

    London: Longman's Green & Co. G : in Good condition. Part of title label on spine chipped. 1866. First Edition. Brown hardback half-leather cover. 220mm x 140mm (9" x 6"). 1059pp. .


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    Korte omschrijving en verklaring van een Instrument of Draaiwerktuig ten dienste der Verlossing van Runderen enz,; vervaardigd en in de praktijk gebruikt wordende door Coop Jacobs Wiersma, Veearts te Ee (Oostdongeradeel). Tweede druk by WIERSMA, Coop Jacobs

    Groningen,: G.J. Reits,, 1875.. 16 pp. 8vo (13 x 20 cm.). Original printed wrappers, uncut. With one large (41 x 34,5 cm.) and fine lithographed plate by D. Boots (Groningen). ¶ A very good copy in which the author describes his cattle delivery instruments that was crowned with silver in 1872 athe the "Landhuishoudkundig Congres te Utrecht". Very rare, only 4 copies in the WorldCat.


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    THE MERCK VETERINARY MANUAL A Handbook of Diagnosis, Therapy, and Disease Prevention and Control for the Veterinarian by Fraser, Clarence M

    Merck & Co. Very Good. 1991. Seventh Edition. Hardcover. Like new except for owner's name and date to the top inside edge of the front cover. Thumb indexed. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 1832 pages .


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