For fifty years, "Stonehenge," by which name Mr. J. H. Walsh is known in both Continents, has made the dog a constant study. More than twenty years ago the Messrs Longman, of London, selected him to revise Mr. Youatt's work. Since then his voluminous writings in the "Field," and elsewhere, have revealed such thorough knowledge of the subject as to constitute him the undisputed authority on all matters pertaining to the dog. Blaine, Daniel, Hill, Mayhew, Richards, Youatt, and other authors, take rank far below him, while "Idstone," who, perhaps, stands next to him, frankly alludes in his work to "Stonehenge" as "without doubt the first of living authorities," "the most experienced and scientific of writers," etc. He is so regarded to-day in America, as well as in Europe. The writings on which "Stonehenge's" reputation and present popularity mainly rest are contained in the two works "The Dog in Health and Disease," (1872), and "Tho Dogs of the British Islands," (1878). The high cost of these works has placed them, with few exceptions, beyond the reach of would be buyers in the United States, where there is a very general curiosity and desire to procure them.

Such being the case, we have incorporated all the essential features of both works into one, at a cost to the reader of less than one-fifth the amount charged for the two imported works. The new volume may be correctly described as Stonehenge's writings, omitting minor details of merely local interest, and following the original text, except in the reconstruction of sentences for the sake of perspicuity and simplicity. Such additional matter as has been deemed desirable for an American book is contributed, among others, by Mr. David W. Judd, whose annual three months' hunting trips for many years, have discovered choice hunting grounds in the Middle and Western States and Territories; by Mr. Henry Stewart, whose long studies in animal life have produced several successful volumes, and by Mr. P. R. Ryer, whose familiarity with dog lore has so frequently been verified in controversial papers. The engravings have been executed by Mr. Charles Hinkle, whose known experience with dogs enables him to successfully bring out the required points in his subject. The full page illustrations are distributed without regard to the text, but to add to the general effect of the volume.

Lists of prize winners in Dog Shows, down to 1887, are given.

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