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The New Naturalists

A history of the most successful, significant and long-running natural history series in the world

Series: New Naturalist Series Volume: 82

By: Peter Marren(Author)

363 pages, plates with colour illustrations

Harper Collins

Paperback | Dec 2005 | Edition: 2 | #149465 | ISBN: 0007197152
Out of Print Details
Hardback | Dec 2005 | Edition: 2 | #149464 | ISBN: 0007197160
Out of Print Details
Hardback | facsimile | Jul 2009 | Edition: 2 | #233958 | ISBN-13: 9780007308576
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Complete your New Naturalist collection with Harper Collins's facsimile versions, which are printed on demand. The second edition of The New Naturalists was first published in 2005.

A history of the most successful, significant and long-running natural history series in the world.

In 1995 Collins published the 82nd volume in the New Naturalist series to coincide with its 50th anniversary. Ten years on, Peter Marren has revised this fascinating account of the series. He covers the illustrious careers of its authors, how each title was conceived and received, and includes plates of the sketches and roughs of the jackets. It also gives behind-the-scenes details of the also-rans and the books-that-never-were.

This will appeal to the collector's market – it has a lengthy appendix dedicated to collecting the series with advice on how to spot a good edition, and a star rating according to scarcity – and will mark the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first new naturalist title.


Author's Foreword
Author's Foreword to the Second Edition
A New Natural History
A Lunch and its Consequences
`The Full Beauty of Their Natural Colours...'
The Graphic Image: The New Naturalist Dust Jackets
E.B. Ford and Butterflies
A Question of Style
Naturalists All
The Pursuit of a Species: The Monographs
The Also-Rans and the Books-That-Never-Were
Crisis and Recovery
Nature Conservation and the New Natural History
Ten Years On
Selected Bibliography

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Peter Marren is a trained ecologist who worked as a woodland scientist, conservation officer and author-editor with the Natural Conservancy Council between 1977 and 1992. He has written numerous book and articles and contributes regularly to British Wildlife.

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