Washington, D. C. Government Printing Office, 1892. First edition. Thick 8vo. 1000 pp. 96 lithographic plates, some tinted, by Avil Company, Philadelphia. Original cloth. Cloth somewhat soiled, hinges tender, some pale toning to text and plates. Item #402156
The text is divided by the Mississippi River, with Ezra A. Carman providing the descriptions of the industry to the East, and H. A. Heath and John Minto those to the West. This extensively-illustrated work fully documents the history of breeds in the United States, the woolen industry from 1600 to 1800, the dissemination of Spanish Merino wool throughout New England and its eventual decline, husbandry of the Middle and South Atlantic states, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Western states detailed are Montana, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington.
The work was prepared under the direction of D. E. Salmon, Chief of the Bureau of Animal Industry. He writes in his letter of transmittal: "Taken as a whole, this report can not fail to be interesting and valuable to every owner of sheep. It will give a broader view of the industry, its magnitude, and the methods which are most likely to bring success in conducting its various branches."
The lithographs include breeds of sheep, views of ranches, and work scenes. Included are scenes of western and Texan sheep ranches. Not in Adams, Herd.