The Dandie Dinmont Terrier: its history and characteristics compiled from the most authentic sources by Charles Cook; illustrated by portraits of authentic specimens of the pure breed, drawn and etched by W. Hole. 4to, xiii, 148p, ill., map, 27cm, Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1885.
Well-printed on good quality wove paper in an unstated, but surely small, edition. Title-page vignette, 7 other inserted full-page copper engravings and a coloured map at the rear. Maize buckram, unevenly darkened, titled in black on the spine. Etched pictorial bookplate of Alice Bosvelle, dated 1904. A very good copy.
Presentation copy: 'To Mrs Bosville, With Mr Cork's kind regards, 24 Nov. 1886.'
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier, or Dandie, originates as far back as the 1600s where it was used for hunting otters and badges. The modern day form was first seen in the 1800s around the border country of Scotland and England. They were most likely crossed with Border, Skye and Scottish Terriers to produce the breed recognised today. Some believe that Dachsund blood was introduced, which would explain the long body.