This is a great finding! A book from 1881, "The Illustrated Book of the Dog". If you love dogs and old books, you will enjoy this one. More than 700 pages of text and illustrations with the history and descriptions of many breeds, how to make a kennel, general management of dogs, grooming, feeding, medicine and much more. I haven't read the whole book, but browsing through the pages I found beautiful illustrations in color and black and white. I also love the old yellow tone of the paper. This book was scanned from the original.
It is interesting to read about dog's life in 1881. The book is focused more on show dogs and what characteristics were important to the judges to consider in a competition.
This is a sample of dog clothing.
St. Bernard's in color.
Another page with the description and history of a breed.
A Scotch dog beautifully illustrated.
And the Spaniels at an 1881 home.
If you want to read the book, click here. The page gives you options to read online, download a pdf, read on your Kindle and some more.
Enjoy the book!