An Historical and Descriptive Account of the Peruvian Sheep, Called Carneros de la Tierra: And of the Experiments Made by the Spaniards to Improve the Respective Breeds, to which is Added, an Account of a Successful Attempt to Domesticate the Vicuña in England, and a Recommendation of this Species to Cross with Our Native Flocks


Date: 1811



The first work devoted to the four members of the camelidae family to be found in South America: Llama, Alpaca, Guanaco and Vicuna. The present book was written in the hope that "Peruvian sheep" could be raised in England and interbred with domestic sheep to improve the quality of British wool, making this product competitive with foreign wools.

Individual chapters are devoted to the llama, the alpaca, the guanaco, and the vicuña; included is "an account of a successful attempt to domesticate the vicuna in England, and a recommendation of this species to cross with our native stocks.

8vo. 5 hand-colored engraved plates, contemporary red half straight grained morocco.


Sabin 101222

Publisher: London : Printed for John Harding, 36 St. James's-Street





ISBN-10: N/A

Date Added: 2019-06-16

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