The British Amphibians and Reptiles is the standard work on our islands’ rather neglected newts, frogs, toads, slow-worms, lizards and snakes. This edition is exclusive to newnaturalists.com
This book fills an obvious gap in the literature of British natural history. Very many years have passed since a work of any kind has been published on our amphibians and reptiles, and indeed no other book at all has been written that deals with every known aspect of their structure and behaviour.
Dr. Smith has been collecting his material for a third of a lifetime, during which he has become the acknowledged authority on the herpetology, not only of Britain but of Western Europe. His association with the British Museum and his years of expeditions and field observations have made him into as happy combination of ecological naturalist and museum man – and surely he is the best kind of naturalist who knows his way about the fields, woods and streams, as well as he knows his way about the intricacies of description, measurement and bibliography.
There are many signs now that the study of our islands’ rather neglected newts, frogs, toads, slow-worms, lizards and snakes is receiving ever-increasing attention among naturalists, both amateur and professional. We believe that this scholarly and interesting book will remain the standard work on the subject for a generation or more.
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“An excellent book. It is scholarly without ever being dull and pedantic; it gives complete life histories of every British species, with careful accounts of their structure and relationships.” Observer
“The fullest treatise of its subject which exists. It adds to the inheritance of the man who wants to know all that can be known of creatures living round about him. Dr. Malcolm Smith has given his country a book which will be the standard work for generations.” Spectator
“So authoritative that it deserves to remain the standard work for another century. This book will appeal to scientist and general reader alike.” R.S.R. Fitter
“That Dr. Malcolm Smith is a master of his subject is clear from the beginning. This book is obviously written by one who knows his subject fully, can embellish his text with a wealth of interesting as well as essential information and can all along draw upon personal experience. In other words, it is a very good book.” Illustrated London News
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Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1969. Book Condition: Good. 4th. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP72238390
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR005450102
Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1969. Book Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 5399638
Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 0002130297 Revised 19854. Binding solid, pages quite tanned but crisp and clean, no markings found. Price clipped dust jacket has a small closed tear at spine with 3 small chips at edges. Small nicks on back paste down. Extremities lightly bumped with minimal tip wear. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1006092
Book Description Collins New Naturalist series no. 20, 1973. Hard covers, dust jacket. Book Condition: V.g. Dust Jacket Condition: V.g. 5th edition. A well preserved copy; jacket intact. xiv, 318, (4) pp. Weight: 1 Language: English. Bookseller Inventory # 15753