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British Reptiles and Amphibians (Classic Reprint) [Paperback]

Alexander Nicol Simpson
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15 Aug 2012
This little volume, dealing with the British Reptiles and A mphibians, may well find a place in the Peeps at Nature Series. Britain has few representatives of these two classes of animals, but their fewness in number has enabled the author to deal with each species at some length ;and, besides, we have the additional advantage of being able to illustrate all but two of the British species in colour. We are indebted to Miss Scrivener for the capable way in which she has prepared the drawings from which the coloured plates have been prepared. The readers attention is particularly directed to the series of photographic reproductions on Plates III., VI., VII., X., and XI., which illustrate admirably the story of the development of the frog.
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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.

Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text. Read books online for free at www.forgottenbooks.org

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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (15 Aug 2012)
  • ASIN: B0093VB7C2
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,830,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, shame about the reprint. 12 Mar 2013
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If you're seeking a book on the British Herpetofauna that is up to date, this is not your book.
If however you are seeking a more historical perspective on our British herptiles then I recommend this book.
The British Reptiles and Amphibians are more or less all covered in reasonable detail, though much of the author's writings are the observations of an amateur naturalist rather than perhaps a more scientific author may have dealt with them, it certainly deserves a place on a good British Herpetofauna book shelf.

Not having seen a copy of the first edition from 1913, I can't really comment on whether it has lasted well - however the scans and reprint is a little 'poor', much of the text has that 'old book scanned' look, which I don't much like - the colour plates which are referenced are now black and white - and very difficult to make out possibly on account of this.
This may all be due to the first edition not having lasted well however it is a little bit of a downside to the 'Classic Reprint' version of this book.

Regardless, it provides an enjoyable read.

Edit 10/02/14: Having now received a 1924 edition of this publication purchased elsewhere I can say with complete confidence; the forgotten books reprint butchers the plates (and indeed the quality of the text) - it looks like a bad photocopy and not worth the money.
The original edition is much nicer.
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