London: Grafton Street, 1986. First Edition. Octavo. 300 pp. (23 cm x 16 cm) ills. Full, dark green, buckram boards with gilt lettering on spine. Pictorial dust jacket with titles in white and the series number (73) at the top of jacket spine. Minimal sun fading to spine. Minor foxing to edges of text and barely noticeable to the inside of the jacket. All else exceptional. Fine. Item #109
The New Forest in Southern England, was created as a royal hunting ground by William the Conqueror around the time of the Domesday Book (1086). This volume, number 73, is part of the New Naturalist Library series which began in 1945 and serves as both a history and a scientific study of the forest. Author, Colin Tubbs, worked for the Nature Conservancy Council in Lyndhurst, England and was active in the conservation efforts to protect the more than 900-year-old New Forest. The New Forest is recognized as the last, surviving landscape that has remained unchanged and intact since the medieval era. The New Naturalist series of books has become a collectible cult favorite as the publisher commissions books on the topic of natural history relevant to Great Britain and insists on very low print runs. Authors for the long running series tend to be experts and professional scientists but the books are written for the layman interested in popular science. Artist, Robert Gillmor took over as dust jacket illustrator in 1985, continuing a long line of brilliantly, colorful jackets. It is important to note that at the time of the publishing of this volume, the protection of the New Forest was still tenuous. But because of the persistent involvement and conservation efforts by people like Tubbs, the New Forest finally became a national park in 2005. Quite scarce.