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Library of Useful Knowledge
Publisher: Baldwin & Craddock; then Charles Knight; etc.
Country: United Kingdom. Date: 1829-38.


Cattle (Library of Useful Knowledge/Baldwin & Craddock) (image)

Cattle: Their breeds, management, and diseases.
London, Baldwin & Cradock,1834 (Library of Useful Knowledge).

The above image is a scan of the title page of a copy of the Library of Useful Knowledge's Cattle that the biologist Charles Darwin used to have in his library. That copy is now held by the Cambridge University Library and a digital copy of it is presented as part of the Biodiversity Library's collection of digital copies of books previously owned by Darwin (see here). Also see: archive.org.


LIBRARY OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE (BALDWIN & CRADDOCK; CHARLES KNIGHT; ETC.)
Series Note: "Library of Useful Knowledge

A series of 32-page treatises, first published in 1827, and issued fortnightly under the direction of Lord Brougham’s Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). Subscribers paid 6d. for each part; it was claimed that the closely printed double columns contained as much reading matter as 100 ordinary pages. Often written by SDUK committee members, these pamphlets were mainly scientific or historical, ranging from natural philosophy to geometry, calculus, and the lives of eminent men. The earlier scientific numbers sold between 22,350 and 27,900 copies. By 1832, however, interest had fallen, with an average sale of 6,000. Among explanations for the ultimate failure of the venture, are its often leaden approach to already difficult material, the reluctance of the society to publish on politics, and the high price of the pamphlets themselves."

-- Chris Louttit, in: The Oxford Companion to the Book, Michael F. Suarez, S.J. and H. R. Woudhuysen, eds. (OUP, 2010)


Arranged alphabetically by title

Account of Lord Bacon's Novum organon scientiarum.
by Francis Bacon, Viscount St. Alban (1561-1626)
London, Baldwin 1827

Cattle: their breeds, management and diseases, with an index.
by William Youatt
London, Baldwin & Cradock 1838

A discourse of the objects, advantages, and pleasures of science : (Originally published as: The preliminary treatise to the Library of useful knowledge.)
by Lord Brougham [Brougham and Vaux, Henry Brougham Baron (1778-1868)]
London, Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy 1827; London, Baldwin and Cradock MDCCCXXVIII [1828].

The horse.
by William Youatt and W. C. (William Charles) Spooner.
London, Baldwin and Cradock, [1831].

Natural philosophy : with an explanation of scientific terms and an index.
by Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.
London, Baldwin and Craddock, MDCCCXXIX-MDCCCXXXVIII [1829-1838].

Sheep: their breeds, management, and diseases: to which is added the mountain shepherd's manual.
by William Youatt.
London, Baldwin and Cradock, 1837. Published under the direction of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (Great Britain).


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