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Horse and cattle breeding in Russia, with 23 photographs

Voyage agricole en Russie pendant l'année 1885.
Luxemburg, J. Belfort, 1886. 8vo. With 23 albumen prints, mounted on thick paper, with letterpress captions below, showing Russian cattle and horses awarded prizes in international competitions. Original publisher's gold- and blind-blocked red cloth.
€ 1,200
Rare first and only edition of an account of a journey to Russia by a professor at the School for Agriculture in Ettelbruck in Luxembourg, with the purpose of studying farming and horse and cattle breeding in Russia. The book treats all aspects of Russian rural life, including the social and economic position of Russian farmers, the climate, soil, the buildings, the manner of cultivation, the various products of the soil, forestry, apiculture, the breeding of farm-horses and cattle, etc. Most of the photographs show Russian farm-horses and prize-cattle. The author also discusses the Agricultural Museums at Petersburg and Berlin, and tells about the founding of an Agricultural Museum near his own school at Ettelbruck.
With a presentation inscription on half-title: “A Madame Sophie de Bilderling | Hommage respectueux de l’auteur | Kunnen”. Spine damaged, hinges weak and fly leaves detached. Slightly browned throughout, but text and photos otherwise in good condition.
KVK/WorldCat (6 copies); not in Cat. Russica.
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