Title The Uses and Abuses of Domestic Animals.
Book Condition First Edition, original red cloth with a striking design in black and gilt. C.pp193, an excellent bright copy. With 11 full-page plates and 8 text illustrations. Also with numerous decorative head and tail-pieces, and decorative opening initials.
Publisher London, Jarrold & Sons .
Seller ID 9531
Scarce children's book : only 3 copies located in Copac. * A relatively early example of Animal Rights in which Smith states 'man's duty towards all animals kept by him for his use, comfort or pleasure - not forgetting to show the many unnecessary sufferings that are caused to these poor dumb creatures by men and children, through want of thought for, and utter ignorance of, their nature, habits, and requirements.' With chapters on the avoidance of cruelty to many common domestic and farm animals : and also including separate chapters on the elephant and on the camel respectively. * The illustrations are probably by a variety of artists : at least two of the full page plates are by Harrison Weir 1824 - 1906, the highly successful natural history illustrator who was 'steadfast in his devotion to animal welfare' (Ingpen). Weir originated the first cat show, and was an expert breeder and judge of poultry. * The author is most probably William Smith, the Scottish architect of Balmoral Castle. 'Smith's only interests outwith architecture were music, children and animals' (DSA).
Literature art William Smith Scottish Scotland architect architecture Balmoral Castle Harrison Weir animals abuse cats dog elephant animal rights