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TWO BOOKS ON LOCAL NATURAL HISTORY1

Nature volume 70, pages 298299 (28 July 1904) | Download Citation

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MR. TREGARTHEN'S brightly written and exquisitely illustrated book is absolutely redolent of, the breezy uplands and the surf-beaten beetling cliffs of the western duchy, and is evidently the work of a sportsman-naturalist of the old-fashioned and best type. It is true that the author deals with his subject more from the sporting than from the natural history aspect—and to a great, extent with the methods of sport belonging to a bygone day—but perhaps it is none the worse for this, being entirely free from all traces of that “faddism” which tends to taint the work of many of the self-styled field-naturalists of to-day. Whether he is describing fox-hunting in the olden time, the habits and wiles of foxes and their cubs, dilating on the fascinations of digging out badgers from their subterranean retreats, or narrating the perils attendant on a midnight descent through a tortuous adit to the rocky cave where dwell the seals, he is equally delightful and fresh. All the photographs of animal life, to say nothing of those which portray the striking coast scenery of the Land's End district, are admirably well chosen and well executed, the one of fox cubs herewith reproduced being only a sample of the general excellence of style.

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