SLOAN, W. B.
The Complete Farrier, or Horse Doctor: also the Complete Cattle Doctor ... Fourth Edition, enlarged and improved
Chicago: W. B. Sloan [Buffalo: Jewett, Thomas & Co.], 1851. 8vo. (7 1/4 x 4 5/8 inches). 160pp. Woodcut frontispiece view of Sloan's Books and Medicine depot. Cattle Doctor with separate title but continuous pagination.
Original publisher's roan-backed lettered boards, worn but completely readable.
Scarce early edition, by "the first patent medicine 'king' of Chicago"
As he was approaching his ninetieth year, Sloan felt that it was his duty to write the present work and share his knowledge from his years of experience as a farrier to benefit his "fellow creatures". Intended as a practical tool from its conception, Sloan wrote the work in plain language so that it could benefit the "poor man's horse". The work includes a wide range of materials from guidance in choosing a horse, numerous remedies for common equine and bovine maladies, helpful hints on making cheese and butter, as well as directions on riding. As Byrd suggests, Sloan's "cures for man and beast were sold widely in the West"; many reviews of his ointments are included in the rear. An important early American veterinary guide and an unusual imprint.
Byrd 1314, 1432 (note); Henderson, pp. 162-163, 222-223; Not in Sabin, Eberstadt, Decker.