Cours d'hippiatrique, ou traité complet de la médicine des chevaux by Philippe Étienne Lafosse (1772)
Cours d'hippiatrique, ou traité complet de la médicine des chevaux
by Philippe Étienne Lafosse (1772)

Early and historic books about the health and treatment of animals are very collectible.  Works on veterinary medicine, particularly from the eras that defined this field of science, fascinate many collectors.

It’s possible to find rare and out-of-print books covering all aspects of the animal world but titles about the health and physiology of horses are perhaps the most common. A little more than a hundred years ago, the horse was still a defining element behind transport and agriculture, as well as sport and the military, so it’s not surprising to see equine matters written about at length.

Many of these veterinary medicine books were key textbooks at the time and collectors are often drawn to the beautiful illustrations.

Some of the titles listed date back to the 1700s including The Gentleman’s Farriery by J. Bartlett - a book about horse diseases and cures. Sheep, cattle, poultry and canine veterinary books are also showcased in this selection.

 

Examples of Veterinary Books

The Gentleman's Farriery: Or a Practical Treatise on the Diseases of Horses by J. Bartlett (1756)
The Gentleman's Farriery: Or a Practical Treatise on the Diseases
of Horses

by J. Bartlett (1756) sold

Recommendations on new methods of breeding horses and trepanning glandered horses.
Complete Modern Farrier by Thomas Brown (1900)
Complete Modern Farrier
by Thomas Brown (1900)

Includes 14 full page colored plates with anatomical drawings.

The Outlines of the Veterinary Art by Delabere Blaine (1802)
The Outlines of the Veterinary Art
by Delabere Blaine (1802)

Includes anatomy of the horse, diseases of the horse, sheep and dogs and other veterinary topics.

 


Economia rural e domestica by António Lobo de Gyrao (1835)
Economia rural e domestica
António Lobo de Gyrao (1835)

Deals with various animals with a major emphasis on veterinary medicine.
Handboek der Vee-Artsenijkundige Heelkunde by Joachim Friedrich Christian Dieterichs (1827)
Handboek der Vee-Artsenijkundige Heelkunde
by Joachim Friedrich Christian Dieterichs (1827)

A classic on veterinary medicine, especially on horses and cattle.
A Treatise on Veterinary Medicine by James White (1807)
A Treatise on Veterinary Medicine
by James White (1807)

Descriptions of horse diseases and their mode of treatment.

 

Le Cheval by Eugene Alix (1886)
Le Cheval
by Eugene Alix (1886)

A famous and extensive encyclopedic work on the horse.
Descriptive Anatomy of the Horse and Domestic Animals by Thomas Strangeways (1870)
Descriptive Anatomy of the Horse and Domestic Animals
by Thomas Strangeways (1870)

A compilation of manuscripts on veterinary studies.
The Complete Farrier by Walter B. Sloane (1869)
The Complete Farrier
by Walter B. Sloane (1869)

Includes segments on diseases and treatments for horse and cattle.
Youatt's History, Treatment and Diseases of the Horse by Youatt (1873)
Youatt's History, Treatment and Diseases of the Horse
by Youatt (1873)

A history of the English horse with chapters on diseases and horse anatomy.
The Sheep: its varieties and management in health and disease. by George Armatage (1860)
The Sheep
by George Armatage (1860)

A guide to the British and Colonial Flockmaster in the treatment and prevention of disease.

The Structure of the Fowl by Orlando Charnock Bradley (1915)
The Structure of the Fowl
by Orlando Charnock Bradley (1915)

An introduction to the anatomy of the fowl with many illustrations.
Black's Veterinary Dictionary by William C. Miller (1928)
Black's Veterinary Dictionary
by William C. Miller (1928)

A standard work of reference for farmers, stock owners and veterinarians.
Modern Practical Farriery by W.J. Miles (n/a)
Modern Practical Farriery
by W.J. Miles (n/a)

Includes 5 colored plates illustrating diseases of cattle and sheep.
Outlines of Clinical Diagnostics of the Internal Diseases of Domestic Animals by Dr. Bernard Malkmus (1903)
Outlines of Clinical Diagnostics of the Internal Diseases of Domestic Animals
by Dr. Bernard Malkmus (1903)

Discussion of internal diseases of domestic animals.
Animal's Treatment. First Aid. by Eilliman Sons & Co. (1890)
Animal's Treatment. First Aid.
by Eilliman Sons & Co. (1890)

Various ailments of horses, dogs, birds and cattle and how these can be treated.
The Veterinary Science by J.E. Hodgins (1906)
The Veterinary Science
by J.E. Hodgins (1906)

The anatomy, diseases and treatment of domestic animals.
Canine Pathology by Delabere Blaine (1824)
Canine Pathology
by Delabere Blaine (1824)

A description of the diseases of dogs with their causes, symptoms and mode of cure.
The Exterior of the Horse by Armand Goubaux (1892)
The Exterior of the Horse
by Armand Goubaux (1892)

Preliminary ideas of animal mechanics including the head and body.
The Horse. Its Varieties and Management in Health and Disease by George Armatage (1894)
The Horse
by George Armatage (1894)

Varieties and management in health and disease.
Outlines of Veterinary Homoeopathy by James Moore (1889)
Outlines of Veterinary Homoeopathy
by James Moore (1889)

Veterinary homoeopathy for horse, cow, dog, sheep and hog diseases and their homoeopathic treatment.
A Treatise on the Horse and his Diseases by Dr. B.J. Kendall (1891)
A Treatise on the Horse and his Diseases
by Dr. B.J. Kendall (1891)

An index of diseases which gives the symptoms, cause, and the best treatment of each.
Veterinary Practice at Home (1916)
Veterinary Practice at Home
(1916)

Provides the cause, symptoms and treatment of everyday animal disorders.
The Illustrated Stock Doctor by J. Russell Manning (1892)
The Illustrated Stock Doctor
by J. Russell Manning (1892)

All the facts concerning the various breeds and their characteristics and general care.
Descriptive Zoopraxography or the Science of Animal Locomotion by Eadweard Muybridge (1893)
Descriptive Zoopraxography or the Science of Animal Locomotion
by Eadweard Muybridge (1893)

Photographic studies of animals in motion.
A System of Veterinary Medicine by E. Wallis Hoare (1913)
A System of Veterinary Medicine
by E. Wallis Hoare (1913)

Discusses general diseases including a section on parasites.

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