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Live online bidding may be subject to an additional premium level dependent on the live bidding service provider chosen. This additional premium is subject to VAT at the appropriate rate as above. I did borrow a copy of plant diseases from my library to see what it was like but came to the conclusion very quickly that I would not really get a lot from it - rather too niche a subject outside my interest area to hold my attention! The plant galls book may be rather taxing too; though they are a subject of interest the book looks rather formidable!
Terns are a fascinating group, I am looking forward to reading the book. I think Little Terns are my favourite, though there's something special about Common Terns, which breed along my local river. Wonderful to see them fishing near the town centre and shouting their harsh 'kirrick! I was really pleased to find a really decent copy of this back in the spring while on holiday - I bought this from the fantastic 'Chapel Books' in Westleton in Suffolk, a really superb secondhand bookshop a couple came in whilst I was there and wandered around with a look of astonishment on their faces and said to me how amazed they were at the place.
It really is the epitome of a quirky old bookshop and you summon the owner by bashing a wooden baton against an old olive oil tin. Mountains and Moorlands by W. Number 11 in the main series: One of my favourite covers from the series, I love the Emperor Moth and the colours used. I found an original postcard inside this book to send off for more information, which mentions the New Naturalist Journal:. My brother gave me a copy of Bird Populations for Christmas! Have leafed through it quite a bit and it does look fantastic, very well written and readable unlike one or two that I've read which were extremely statistic heavy and seemed more like books to refer to than ones to read.
Some superb photos too. Only a few days until Owls by Mike Toms comes out! Oh my! I now have two more paperbacks on order; Peter Marren's volume on Nature Conservation and another on British Larks, Pipits and Wagtails by Eric Simms, so I'll be starting the new year with three more of these books to read! Larks, Pipits and Wagtails are all birds I'm interested in which visit my local patch so I've been thinking of buying a copy of that book for some time! Yes, I stopped full scale collecting a year or so ago, and am in the process of stripping my collection down to those I really want to actually read and use, but this is one I think I'll be buying too.
Owls is one that my brother is extremely tempted by too - he has a few from the series but has avoided getting drawn into the collecting spiral. I think with Owls that the subject is so interesting that it's a must buy - I can't think of any UK species of owl that I wouldn't like to know more about! It reminds me that I need to get out and look for more owls though, I haven't seen one for a while, not since early summer, and I really want to get a proper view of a Little Owl the only UK one I've not seen properly… other than the Snowy Owl.
Difficult step to downsize your collection Willoyd, I don't think I could do it myself! I have tried to avoid that potential issue by limiting myself to volumes I can see myself actually reading or referring to, though I've still ended up buying some volumes of fairly peripheral interest… such as Snowdonia, Flowers of the Coast and Pesticides and Pollution but none of which cost more than five pounds and all have some interest other than completeness.
It's admittedly difficult to resist when I find one that I haven't got which is particularly cheap or nice, but I do frequently draw the line and have resisted temptation for quite a number where I knew I was unlikely to ever actually read them. Will still be many years before I've read them all though!
Quite some time ago I took the decision not to let myself become drawn in to obsessively collecting the New Naturalist series, as there are just too many of them: they are relatively costly and there are numerous subjects badgers, partridges, and bird populations among the recent ones, also most regional titles which do not interest me. I suspect Collins NN count on strong traits of obsessionality among bibliophile naturalists for much of their business, encouraged by each title being consecutively numbered on the spine, and causing pain in proportion to the OCD for those with gaps in the numbering.
Seeing the quality of this book, with a huge number of annotated colour illustrations throughout the large volume roughly one every three pages in addition to tables and maps, and with beautiful binding and endpapers, made me realise that given the similar cost, I'd rather have the high quality Folio production than an equivalent NN.
I'd concede that interest in the NNs is variable: I'd agree about partridges, disagree about badgers, and assert that you are dead wrong about Bird populations - an outstanding book, but in general the current output is of higher standard than for a good while. But the proper comparisons for it are books like the Flora, Birds or Bugs Britannica series, or Birds and people - one of the top books of for me - which have similar production values and prices, and are aimed at similar markets, with much larger sales figures than NNs.
Most of the NNs have a rather technical specialism about them which will keep their market smaller, and so justify their price to some extent. I do partly share your suspicions about Collins - it was a great sorrow to me when the NNs fell into the maw of Mr Murdoch, but I was too heavily committed to quit. In the end of course you don't have to choose, you can have both I've yet to see a Folio published natural history book of the type that Collins publish as part of NN. Folio are good at producing in-depth history books but from my limited experience it seems that they don't really go in for the technical side of nature publishing, the closest being Life by Richard Fortey.
They appear to mostly stick to nature writing and old books like The Natural History Of Selborne can anyone confirm or correct me on this? Have Folio produced any NN equivalent tomes?
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The NN books have always been well bound with nice covers but they are mainly concerned with current research and with presenting a scientific overview often a rather detailed and technical one! I can't imagine that a Folio book on Pesticides and Pollution or The World Of The Soil would be eagerly anticipated, even with lovely and highly detailed drawings of nematode worms. You can't really compare the two directly as other than both being expensive they are aimed at very different markets the NN books are often found in university libraries and my own local library carries quite a number.
I would argue that Folio are much more heavily into driving obsessional collecting than Collins are, they produce far more editions including some heart-stoppingly expensive limited editions and drive the desires of their addicts much harder than Collins do - you just have to look at the obsessional collecting on this group and the fact that some people have needed to build extra rooms to house their collections.
Also, if Collins wanted to target collectors specifically then they would not produce parallel paperback editions of these books to dilute the market, and it's clear that the majority of the collector mania occurs around old and out of print editions, which provide little gain for Collins. Needs must. I'm actually finding downsizing quite liberating at times!
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I haven't seen one for a while, not since early summer, and I really want to get a proper view of a Little Owl the only UK one I've not seen properly… other than the Snowy Owl. We have a pair of? I've see little owls on several occasions in the fields round where I live Wharfedale. I'm always caught out by their size, and it takes me a while to realise what they are! Fantastic to see tawnies and little owls Willoyd, I'd love that.
I've occasionally seen Barn Owls on the local river but I usually see the most owls when I go on holiday to Norfolk, the north coast around Cley seems stuffed full of them. My copies of 'Larks' and Nature Conservation turned up last night. They are in pretty good condition, not near mint like my copy of British Bats but only some marking, signs of their age and a few knocks, nothing major the spines aren't broken, though they're unlikely to remain that way once I have read them. With two bookcases to build last night I haven't really had a chance to look through them but a quick flip got my interest going, particularly for 'Larks'.
Helpful that the paperbacks are reasonably cheap at the point in the series where the hardbacks become buttock-clenchingly expensive. My copy of 'Owls', volume , arrived at my local WH Smith today. Have been getting quite antsy waiting for that to finally come into stock!
Fortunately it was in good condition and still shrink-wrapped many of the books in my local Smiths are battered and torn - ordering from the website seemed to work out ok. Have only had a chance to quickly flip through it so far but looks really interesting. Great to have them to refer to in the meantime though. It is proving to be a very interesting read. My favourite of the series so far. I finally finished reading Wildfowl by Davd Cabot, which I started last summer.
Bristowe, which is good though since he refers to the species by latin name naturally and I don't know really know much about spider species let alone their latin names I need to keep a field guide nearby so I can figure out the species he's referring to - a problem I had with the book on Dragonflies. It looks a bit foxed, but no more than one or two others I have and otherwise appears to be in good condition I'll find out for sure when it arrives, but in the photos looked ok. I read a copy of this from my local library a year or so back and it's a great book - I have a colony of sparrows in my garden that I'm very fond of so it is one of particular interest to me.
I have bought three more of these since February, the latest while on holiday in Norfolk last week was a very clean and fresh copy of E. Ford's "Moths" no. As I left I closed the door of their porch and looked down to see an Angle Shades moth on the floor in the corner, which was a moth I'd been hoping to see for quite some time and it was quite portentous to have seen it just as I bought a book on moths! I have also purchased a new copy of the recent volume on The Vegetation of Britain and Ireland, which looks very interesting, and an old copy of the monograph on Squirrels by Monica Shorten not in the best condition but it was cheap and will be a perfectly acceptable reading copy , which takes me up to 8 monographs and 51 volumes from the main series - eek!
I'm in the midst of reading the volume on Hedges, which is very good; it includes both history and natural history. While on holiday I visited the Pinkfoot Gallery in Cley and saw some of Rob Gillmor's prints he lives in Cley and was VERY tempted to buy one as they were absolutely gorgeous, but with a backpack, holdall and a big bag full of heavy books to carry, and travelling by bus and train, I really didn't want to attempt to carry back a picture too.
Given the crush on the train yesterday following a morning of cancellations I know it was the right decision! There's one in particular that really affected me though and I am still considering getting in touch with the gallery to see if I can buy it mail order. The Cley Marshes nature reserve shop had a few new paperback NN's, with the new Owls volume being signed by Mike Toms, though I already own the hardback. I elevated my madness to new heights yesterday when I received a first edition signed copy of Bird Migration by Ian Newton.
Although devotees will be used to paying such prices for books, at just over a hundred pounds it was by far the most expensive I've ever bought; after managing to track down a copy in the library and finding it extraordinarily fascinating I was determined to own a copy despite the high price and this was only slightly more expensive than the cheapest unsigned copies I found in an online search.
It's in as new condition too, I cannot see any difference at all compared to the books I've bought new. I also finally added Waders by W. Hale, 65 in the series, also in very good condition, but resisted the urge to add a third, the volume on Fossils that can always wait for another day.
I also bought two Poyser books a guide to identifying Gulls and a volume on Weather and Bird Behaviour ; I have a few of those but I don't feel the need to collect those like the NN books. I'm still managing to hold on with the NN books, just about, to buying only the books on subjects that specifically interest me, though there are a LOT of those! I've passed up a great number of older books that I could have bought cheaply though, but was quite tempted nonetheless! I've also not bought some of the recent volumes as though the price is sure to rise I want to limit those to subjects of interest such as terns, owls and plant galls; I'm not 'really' interested in partridges though they're great to see when I go for walks or plant pests or books on the Brecon Beacons or the Marches.
There is regular escorted day leave to attend bookshops. This is what gradually happens the longer you spend in an abnormal world like LT, the parameters of appropriateness subtly shift until we think it's completely normal to spend ninety percent of our disposable income on books. It is normal of course. Quite interesting topic. Mind you, I still do sometimes. Not sure I could bring myself to buy the ebooks, goes against the grain for me, though they would be a very good option for some of the rare volumes though there are big gaps in availability at the moment.
What I understand is that the illustrations are in black and white on the print on demand. I have no idea what they are on the main series. I can see a couple of the books in my library for example the caterpillars and the owls; and I would be more inclined to buy more if I lived in the UK. I would love to be in the countryside.
In that case they're closer to the old Bloomsbury editions and it makes them less appealing given the cost. I imagine they are quite labour intensive to produce though. I have two of the print-on-demands - The Hebrides and British Bats - and they both include colour plates. Some of the black and white illustrations are less than optimum.
I've since got an original British Bats hardback, and have a near complete full set of originals; but The Hebrides, Ladybirds, British Warblers and Orkney are likely to remain well out of reach. I think if I'd been prepared for the cost at the time then the British Bats hardback is the one volume I think I'd have paid the going rate for. My local library and the rest of the county library system has a number of New Naturalists, quite a lot actually.
They have a copy of Ladybirds paperback in my local library and that's where I eventually managed to borrow a copy of Bird Migration from, and British Bats too. A lot of the books seem to be in storage though, the copy of British Warblers and The House Sparrow I borrowed seemed to come from storage, but they have some of the regional titles in the library and I've seen Islands on the shelves too, though I have a paperback of that already.
They have a few of the more interesting, pricier, volumes in storage, such as the monograph on the Wren one day I MUST read that and some others like The Folklore Of Birds of less interest personally, but seems to be quite sought-after , Ants by M. Plus quite a number of others. I worry at times about the pace at which I've bought these books but every time I look at them I get excited about getting to read them and annoyed that I can't read them all now… which I think is a good sign that I'm at least not just collecting for collecting's sake.
I tend to end up leafing through them and have referred to them quite a bit already so it's not as though they're unused. Most of them take a long time for me to read though, to try to appreciate them properly, so it's a slow process and purchasing far outstrips my reading rate; something my brother ribs me about endlessly.
I've picked up a few of the Poyser series of books recently too - am hoping not to make that a habit though! I've only bought a few specific books on subjects that are of particular interest; The Skylark which I'd had my eye on for about two years and bought when NHBS had their New Year sale and Bird Behaviour And Weather, for example, and some of the ID books - on the flight id of Raptors and identifying Gulls.
Wow, I just came across this thread while Googling for information on different editions of the NNs. I have a couple of dozen NNs, in regular use rather than part of a collection. I'm after some key volumes but am finding it hard to get information on the differences between some of the different editions in terms of their colour plates. It seems that sometimes even fairly old s impressions would omit colour plates - I bought a New Naturalist Butterflies in the s that is missing the colour pages of the 1st edition.
I have a British Birds of Prey from the same period, which also lacks colour, although I'm not sure the first edition had any either. Does anyone know where to find such information? I looked through this really interesting thread. I have a soft copy of New Naturalist Moths , but would love the hardback - or Ladybirds. A friend and I did a summer's moth-trapping with one of Mike's Robinson traps and I often recall his enthusiastic smile he died tragically a few years ago.
Top of my list, though, is Ian Newton's Bird Migration. So if anyone has any spare copies any condition Great thread! I look forward to reading on. Hi Chris. I've been trying to resist buying this copy, to replace my non-NN version, especially after buying Bird Migrations so it would help if the temptation was removed! Not sure about info on colour and the like, I know very little about that side of things. I have certainly noticed that some are black and white my British Birds of Prey for one , but it's not reprint specific I think as my first edition of Pesticide and Pollution is mono too, while a few of the plates in The Snowdonia National Park a few volumes earlier are colour in my first edition.
I would say that it's possible that in earlier volumes it may have depended purely on whether the photographer shot colour or not, though possibly the volume they published on 'The New Naturalists' which appears to be another pricey tome might include some information on such matters. I think my local library has them though Ladybirds I know I've seen there so I can at least read them.
Paul, this is very helpful. Can't figure out the true condition of that Woodlands - is it really new? I might have to get hold of Grasshoppers and Crickets now, thanks! How much was it when first published? I've never actually looked through it, but from what you say it sounds good. If you see Bumblebees at about that price, let me know. I checked my British Birds of Prey and it seems to be a 1st edition - so no colour in 1st edition of this one. Others do have colour in the 1st edition, but this seems often to be dropped in later editions I'm not referring to the facsimiles which came out in the s.
Yes, Mike was a lovely guy and unusual amongst his professor peers - young, enthusiastic, off-beat and an inveterate field naturalist. He spent a lot of time searching for Peppered Moths and I still can't see one without thinking of him. One can only wonder what he might have gone on to publish. I asked our local library for his Moths book, but they baulked, so I had to get a paperback copy. Thanks again! Glad to be of help Chris.
I don't know what the condition of that Woodlands book will be like but the few I've bought through the amazon warehouse deals seem to have been closely fitting the described condition, so like new should show very little difference from a new copy. If you're going to buy it then don't hang about too long - I might get tempted myself or someone else may grab it! I'd forgotten that it comes with a DVD too, which is a first for the series. I've not actually had a look at that though! I've heard before that Garden Natural History is poor, which is a shame as that is a subject very much close to my heart.
If I see a cheap copy of Bumblebees then I'm afraid it will be winging its way to my door, but I'll let you know about the second copy I see. I'm trying to read it slowly rather than rush through it like I have done with other books recently the effect of a large to-read pile, but it's something I'm trying to resist! The catch is that the first edition is itself scarce and very expensive; the second edition slightly easier, and covers up to NN95 Northumberland. For Butterflies, it says 'Beware the colourless edition'!
There are several pages on the troubled history of British Birds of Prey , confirming that there was no colour - the s were a bad time for the series. The Bloomsbury and Fontana reprints of NN titles are poor quality, and are generally without colour. The Readers Union and Book Club editions not explicitly identified, but the jackets have no price, and the bindings although green are not the same quality as the classic buckram have the same text block as the genuine first editions - indeed were part of the same print runs.
I agree with Paulfozz about Bird Migration - a worthy successor to my fifty-year old The migrations of birds. ETA more, that the touchstone appeared after editing. Interesting about the other editions; I have a Reader's Union edition of The World of the Soil and had indeed thought it looked uncannily close to the originals. The best thing to say about the Bloomsbury editions is that they are generally cheap and so make a cheap way to acquire some purely for reading. They certainly are pretty nasty though, and the white boards are hideous!
Inside pages may have highlighting, writing and underlining. Yes, I have the edition of Butterflies : as far as I can see, the colour plates are not printed in monochrome, but are simply missing. Bird Migration has to be good. Ian Newton is an extraordinarily rigorous ecologist and everything he has published is exhaustively researched and wonderfully written. They are the sort of books that are instantly definitive and remain key references for decades.
I've met him several times and had the pleasure of hearing him talk at conferences, which is always a treat. If you don't happen to know them, I can thoroughly recommend his older Poysers The Sparrowhawk and Population Ecology of Raptors - the latter more technical, but still a great read. That was another great series In contrast, Buczacki seems to be on the other extreme.
I've picked up several of his non-gardening books, intending to buy them, but none have struck me as being worthwhile. I'd be losing out, but you could twist my arm to swap it for Bird Migration - I'd let you finish reading it, of course This thread is no exception: yes, I have both of Newton's Poysers that you mention, but he has also done another NN recently - a superb book on Bird populations.
I've seen the Poysers too but have resisted - I think my local library has a copy of The Sparrowhawk which I'll probably borrow at some point. I do own the little Shire natural history book on Sparrowhawks that he wrote, which is of course limited in scope but I do love the condensed format of those little books or booklets if you prefer. Will listen to that!
You're welcome Chris. Has anyone read James Fisher's The Fulmar monograph? Is it worth reading? I've seen very good things about it and it's a species I love but it's rather an expensive tome! But it's a good read, well out-of-date no doubt as far as the distribution of fulmars is now, but a fascinating piece of ornithological history writing documenting the spread of the bird. I imagine knowledge of the bird's biology too is now well beyond what was known in Fisher's time his last chapter is titled 'How often does the fulmar breed?
But I like the book too because it's largely concerned with the islands and sea stations that have a literature I know and enjoy: all the St Kilda books, Fraser Darling's A naturalist on Rona , Robert Atkinson's Island going , Williamson and Boyd's A mosaic of islands , and so on. It's a shame it's so expensive now. Thanks affle; food for thought. I imagine it being a little like Summers-Smith's book on the House Sparrow. I shall have to look to see if there are any more recent good books on the subject. I have just succumbed to more acquisitions during a post-payday, wet trip to Colchester this morning.
In the 'Emmaus' charity shop on the High St. I found a nice copy of the monograph on The Salmon by J. It was an ex-library copy but in pretty fair condition considering! Being one from the series that I particularly have been looking out for I was rather pleased to find it! They had a copy of The Art of Botanical Illustration, which I do not own, but except for completeness I don't feel much interest in it so managed to bite back the urge to buy; I also resisted buying 'better' copies of a few I already own including a couple that I own as Readers Union and Bloomsbury editions.
I've not got any further with reading Bird Migration however; I'm finishing off a few other books and have not really been in the right mood for reading non-fiction of that sort. Given how much I paid for it I want to read it when I am in the right mood to get the most from it! It seems to have fallen of the radar somewhat - Rackham barely makes mention of it, for example.
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I did manage to get my own copy of Woodlands very reasonably. It does rather depend on your area of interest - there are quite a few commons and village greens in my neck of the woods and I've visited a great number in my search for wildlife and so they have intrigued me for some time. The book is split into two parts, the first by W. Hoskins is about the history of common land and commoner's rights, and the second by L.
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Dudley Stamp discusses the nature conservation of commons. It appears to be slightly reminiscent of the volume on Hedges, which followed a similar vein and was interesting to read. I stepped into 'collector mode' when I bought the monograph on The Salmon, since fish are not a particular interest of mine, but it was such a lovely copy for a reasonable price that I found it difficult to let it pass by.
Leafing through it, it does look quite interesting though I need to invest in more adjectives as I find myself overusing the term 'interesting'! Good to hear you managed to get hold of Woodlands Chris. The cover art for that one is particularly nice I think; certainly makes my white hardback copy look very insipid! Yes, Woodlands is fabulous.
Even though I'd read it carefully before and taken notes, I found myself immediately dipping in and enjoying things I had inadvertently passed over. The cover is perfect. I am very interested in commons, but trying to recall how useful that particular book is. I've never seen Hedges : again, somethiing that interests me but I don't know what the book is like.
As mentioned, one or two NNs are of limited use as a reference and only for the collector. Hedges is quite a good book, but it's an interest of mine anyway; some of the best wildlife spots on my local patch are around the hedges. Thanks Paul! Another question maybe for affle?
Many thanks! I do know there is a book club edition of Finches unpriced dustwrapper, slightly less good binding which is exactly the same as the first edition, and which should be cheaper. I'd really like a copy of Finches myself! At least I can borrow a copy from my local library though. Completist obsession took hold today and led to me buy some reasonably cheap ex-library editions: The Art of Botanical Illustration 14 which I had resisted, just about, last month, Insect Migration 36 that I'd had my eye on last time and a cheap copy of The World Of The Soil 35; replacing my Reader's Union copy.
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I've picked up some NNs very economically over the last couple of weeks, including The Common Lands Of England And Wales , which is indeed a lovely snapshot of the era, as well as containing much historical data. Thanks to everyone for the help - is directing an alcoholic to a wine shop help? Glad you like The Common Lands too, it looks like it will be a very good read. Apologies for the enabling! I hesitate to encroach on this august thread as I don't currently own any NNs.
Lodge paintings. I've coveted this for a long time and at last found a very reasonably-priced set with all the dust jackets, in near fine condition, in a certain town twinned with Timbuktu called Hay-on-Wye. Trawling its forty-odd bookshops was tiring but rewarding! Ostensibly, I'm here with my wife in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, taking my eighty-five-year-old mother for a few days' well-deserved holiday. How she'll take it when I have to explain that there won't now be room in the car for her on the return journey to Somerset, I really don't know.
No book lover should have to go through an experience like that. I spent over four hours there and still only got through barely half of them. There's always that nagging thought that the one you had to miss contains the Holy Grail you've spent your life searching for in better condition than you could have hoped for at a price to die for. Well, you can dream, can't you?! Edited to add that, come to think of it, that sort of did happen to me today, but fortunately, in this case, in the last store I visited before giving up for the day.
Yes, the decimal point is in the right place. I thought that at least I would be acquiring a usable copy all my books are for reference - I'm not collecting. When they arrived - appallingly packed - I was amazed to find that they were in pristine condition and appear never to have been opened. They are ex-Open University stock with very few markings and a pleasure to behold. A wonderful set that I refer to most days.
I'd hate to visit Hay because I'd have to go on public transport, like EclecticIndulgence; I don't see how I could restrain myself with so many bookshops! It's bad enough with the shops I do encounter whilst on trips - I came grindingly close to over-doing it last time in Norfolk and it was only the fact that the shop in the village was crushingly expensive, along with a tiny voice explaining that I'd have to lug them home on two packed buses and three train connections, which saved me!
I can imagine the look on your face when you unpacked those… probably similar to mine when I unpacked my copy of Altringham's British Bats! I do congratulate you on this acquisition - Bannerman was new on the bookshopshelves, with the last volume just published, when I was an undergraduate. Those books suffered many a young man's furtive gropings and longing glances - and I might just as well have bought them instead of textbooks, for all the good the latter did me. I'm sure you realise they won't look quite right until Birds of the Atlantic islands are sitting alongside them.
Years ago coveting Witherby induced me to start acquiring Cramp et al, but since I got the two volume concise edition of the latter, I'm not sure I wouldn't rather have Witherby than the main volumes of Cramp, which are unwieldy and beyond my ornithological needs and skills. Edited for typo. I use my four volumes a fair bit today, but I have to say that I enjoy reading Witherby a lot more and always have one volume or other on my bedside table.
I remember the old naturalists' praise of Witherby and rather disparaging comments on BWP as it came out. Which makes me wonder how Bannerman compares It's not quite "as new" but it's not far off at all. Beautiful book and leafing through it I'm glad that I did buy it - even with the cost of the reprint book I've paid less than I've seen some copies of this sell for.
I need to try to remove their confounded sticker from the cover without damaging it though. I hope that label remover won't damage the slipcover! Will take some time to get up the courage. Sorry to hear about your Woodlands volume, Paul. I wonder if this sort of thing is mentioned in Marren's New Naturalists book? This is an excellent read and reference guide crammed with a lot of new information and extremely well written.
If you have never been to the Birdfair, let me heartily recommend that you stay away. Over 20 publishers and bookshops have stalls, many of them bristling with NNs and other lovely older volumes. That's an excellent buy Chris, and a very good price indeed! I have only dipped into my copy but it's really interesting the species guide at the back is excellent plus I saw a lecture Ted Benton gave on the subject, and on Bumblebees, a couple of years ago.
The white Woodlands edition isn't 'disastrous', but it made reading it very disjointed and knowing the standard format of these books it threw me when they referred to tables and pictures that I had to go off and hunt to find. Given how many photographs, maps and tables and diagrams are referenced in these books it was too much of a compromise for me, especially knowing that some are omitted.
For no reason other than that their dust jackets are so lovely, I bought earlier today at an estate auction a single lot of 13 of these beauties. Three are reprints and one is ex library.
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