New York: O. Judd Co., 1886. First edition of Weld text; later printing of du Hays text (1st pub. in US in 1868). Hardcover. 142p + several wood-engraved plates of horses. No jacket (if issued). Good (covers spotted, age worn); some marginal stains here and there); very sturdy. Item #31744
In 1868 the early Percheron importer and breeder Walter T. Walters published the first English edition of du Hays's work, which discusses the breed's history in France, its decline and improvement (often with Arab or Thoroughbred crosses), and advice to potential buyers. The horses pictured were chiefly those owned by Walters. In a new text added to this 1886 volume, Weld summarizes various early importations of Percherons into America; the plates are the same. (Feeling that Weld didn't adequately distinguish between random imports and his own systematic breeding program, Walters later reissued the du Hays text alone in a deluxe edition.) Can be sent outside the US for less than the default shipping rate. (Wells 8108).