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Thomas Pearce, went by the pseudonym of Idstone. He
wrote for a periodical called The Field. He was also the author
of The Idstone Papers (1872). He is sometimes referred to as the
Rev. Thomas Pierce.
The Dog: With Simple Directions for his
Treatment, and Notices of the Best Dogs of the Day and Their Breeders or
Exhibitors. London: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin (1872) 1st Edition,
258 pp, with 12 wood-engraved plates by George Earl.
1874, 2nd Edition, London: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin.
1888, 7th Edition, London: Cassell & Company,
Date Unknown, 8th Edition, London: Cassell & Company, Limited.
12 full-page woodcut engravings by George
Earl. The book covers: The Modern Foxhound; Staghound; Harrier; Beagle;
Bloodhound; Deerhound; Greyhound; Otterhound; Setters; Black-Tan or
Gordon Setters; Irish Setters; Pointer; Smooth or Hairy Coat
Retriever; Curly Coat Retriever; Retrievers other than black; Irish
and other Water Spaniels; Clumber Spaniel; Norfolk Spaniel; Sussex
Spaniel; smaller field Spaniels and Cockers; Mastiff; Bulldog; St.
Bernard; Newfoundland; Fox, Bull, and Skye Terriers; Dandy Dinmont
Terrier; various other Terrier breeds; Scotch Colley; English Sheep
Dog; Dalmatian; Pomeranian; Poodle; Maltese; King Charles Spaniel;
Blenheim Spaniels; Pug; Italian Grey hound. Frontispiece has an
engraving of a Flat Coat Retriever. Additional engravings, Foxhound;
Bloodhound; Deerhound; English Setter; Pointer; Mastiff; Bulldog;
St. Bernards; Fox Terriers' Bull Terrier; Dandy Dinmont Terriers.