Collins New Naturalist Library (7) - Mushrooms and Toadstools

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Britain's neglect of fungi as table delicacies has perhaps been responsible for our surprising ignorance of the natural history of such fascinating plants.

Collins are delighted to announce the republication in facsimile form of the first editions of the very first volumes in the New Naturalist Library. Originally planned in the darkest days of World War II and first published in 1945, this series is the longest running nature series in the world. It is a reflection of the quality of the authors and the books they wrote, that they are still sought after 73 years later. The books will be identical in every way to the original first editions, including the iconic jackets by Clifford and Rosemary Ellis.

Dr. Ramsbottom was for many years Keeper of Botany at the Natural History Museum, and he devoted his life to the study of fungi in all their aspects. He was equally at home in the field, the laboratory and the library. One of the special features of Mushrooms and Toadstools is the wealth of historical allusion to fungi extracted from old books.

Set out in a style reminiscent of Robert Burton, this volume can truly be described as a 20th century ‘Anatomy of Toadstool.’ Indeed, in fairy rings, science and superstition have gone hand in hand to produce a lively story of alternating surmise and research – and even today a full and final explanation of these mysterious rings has not yet been made.

Many of the larger toadstools are brightly coloured and lend themselves admirably to colour photography, as shown by the 80 remarkable illustrations by Mr Paul de Laszlo.

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‘In this book Dr. Ramsbottom entertains the reader with an erudite and richly factual yet comfortably humorous history of most of the exciting and interesting things discovered about fungi in ancient and modern times. The colour photographs are superbly reproduced, and the black-and-white illustrations have been selected from the collections of Britain’s most eminent nature photographers.’
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‘Will become a classic. Dr. Ramsbottom combines style and humour with his learning. The mycologist and the toadstool-hunting amateur cannot do without this book.’
Spectator

‘He write delightfully, and it obviously in love with his subject – he is anxious that others should share both his love and his knowledge. A discursive, scholarly book, enlivened always by a friendly personality. I think that there is just about everything that anyone can want to know about fungi in this book.’
Brian Vesey Fitzgerald, The Field

‘A fungus handbook for everyone. It is a perfect example of the kind of book the New Naturalist series was designed to produce. This is a five star effort and cannot be over-praised.’
Scottish Field

‘Not only a masterly and authoritative review and catalogue of our fungi, but a treasure chest of information and a delight to read.’
Scotsman

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