• List Price: $29.95
  • Save: $7.48 (25%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 15 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Item may not include associated media. Large mark / wear on dust cover. Small cut / scratch on dust cover. Medium wrinkle / bend on dust cover. Small wrinkle / bend on front cover. Small wrinkle / bend on back cover.
Trade in your item
Get a $0.50
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities Hardcover – April 8, 2011

Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
$17.99 $6.78

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (April 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801450179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801450174
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Jan Bondeson is an extremely engaging and reliable storyteller, with a keen sense of humor."—The Guardian

"Bondeson is a marvelous storyteller."—Fortean Times

About the Author

Jan Bondeson is a senior lecturer and consultant rheumatologist at Cardiff University, Wales. He is the author of many books, including Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities; Blood on the Snow: The Killing of Olof Palme, The Two-headed Boy, and Other Medical Marvels; The Feejee Mermaid and Other Essays in Natural and Unnatural History (all from Cornell); The London Monster; The Great Pretenders: The True Stories behind Famous Historical Mysteries; A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities; and Buried Alive.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Hardy HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My dogs are very special, just as your dogs must be very special. They show affection, they are interesting, and they are amusing. They are not amazing, for they are just regular companion dogs. For amazing dogs, consult _Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities_ (Cornell University Press) by Jan Bondeson. I bet your dogs do not, as the dogs here do, make a show of multiplying numbers or playing dominoes. I bet your dogs do not play musical instruments, roast meat, converse by speaking German, or travel the railways as the wanderlust strikes them. I bet your dogs have never saved anyone's life, nor have they been the source of legends. It's OK, my dogs have done none of this, either, and are still fine dogs, but not amazing. Bondeson, a medical doctor who has written frequently about oddities like the two-headed boy and the efforts of our forebears to avoid the horrors of being buried alive, has done wonderful research to bring us these amazing dogs, and includes many period illustrations. Repeatedly the most amazing thing about these dogs is how ready humans are to believe their dogs capable of incredible feats.

Take, for instance, the story of Greyfriars Bobby. There really was a Skye terrier named Bobby in the 1860s in the Greyfriars churchyard in Edinburgh. Far from refusing to leave his graveside post, though, he would knock off his graveyard shift to grab lunch at a nearby inn every day; some less romantic viewers said he was loyal not to the master's grave, but to the daily free lunch. As for the master's grave, there seems to have been no such thing, just a dog with a comfortable churchyard home.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?