MEMORIA SOBRE LA CRIA DE GANADO MULAR Y CABALLAR, Y MEJORA DE SUS CASTAS...
by [Cuba]: O'Farril, Joseph Ricardo: Lanz, Juan Bautista
[Havana: Imprenta de la Capitanía, 1799. ,12pp. Dbd. Loose sheets. Heavily tanned, outer leaves slightly chipped. Good. A short tract on equine husbandry with its own title page, but published as a part of a royal decree entitled, "Gracia concedida por S.M. à los habitantes de esta isla para la introduccion de caballos frisones de ambos sexôs desde las provincias del Norte de América," which approved the importation of horses to Cuba. Initially presented to government officials in 1797, the report by Joseph Ricardo O'Farril and Juan Bautista Lanz laments poor breeding practices in Cuba that have led to weaknesses in the horse stock, and recommends the introduction of North American horses and different breeding methods. Until the suggestions of this work were implemented by the decree in 1798, horses were not allowed to be imported from other sources in greater numbers than they were from Spain. According to Trelles, this is the first Cuban imprint to address issues related to livestock and animal husbandry. Very rare, with OCLC recording only five copies. SABIN 56747. MEDINA HABANA 162. TRELLES, p. 177-78. OCLC 19860506. (Inventory #: WRCAM51487)
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