By: Robert Lloyd Praeger
394 pages, 38 b/w plates, illus
Facsimile reprint of one of the most influential natural history publications ever published in Ireland. Best known as a botanist, Praeger was also a zoologist and geologist of some standing. This work, the result of five years of weekends spent exploring the countryside, is a wonderful evocation of the emerald isle as it was sixty years ago. It also contains a superb description of a bog-burst, a phenomenon which has disappeared along with the bogs.
'The entire book is a treasure trove' Books Ireland 'Engaging, erudite, and timeless - a wonderful book' The Irish Times 'With enough erudition to satisfy any dull academic' Sunday Tribune
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Robert Lloyd Praeger, born in County Down in 1865, was educated at Queen's College Belfast. He worked at the National Library for over thirty years and was Librarian from 1920 to 1924 and later President of the Royal Irish Academy 1931 - 1934. Best known as a botanist, his earliest researches were on geology and archaeology. His books include Natural History of Ireland, A Populous Solitude and Some Irish Naturalists. He died in 1953.
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