"Of all sporting dogs perhaps there are none more generally useful, beautiful, and sagacious that the setter": Scarce first edition of Edward Laverack's The Setter
The Setter: With Notices of the Most Eminent Breeds Now Extant; Instructions How to Breed, Rear, and Break; Dog Shows, Field Trials, General Management, Etc.
Item Number: 95087
London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1872.
First edition of this early work on breeding and training the most eminent breeds of setters. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel within gilt frames, all edges gilt, with two colored chromolithographic plates after photographs by J. Eastham, of Manchester. In near fine condition. Scarce and desirable.
The modern English Setter owes its appearance to Edward Laverack, who developed his own strain of the breed in 19th century England as well as to Englishman R. Purcell Llewellin, who founded his strain using Laverack's best dog. Historically, many dogs descending from the same bloodline were referred to by the name of their breeder or owner and the nomenclature "Laverack Setter". Laverack's The Setter includes chapters on the origin of the setter, the Laverack breed, Irish and Gordon setters, field trials and dog shows/