27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
A great, excellently illustrated, comprehensive field guide,
This review is from: Mushrooms and Toadstools (Collins Field Guide) (Hardcover)
This guide has been my greatest help in identifying mushrooms. It has a section guiding the mushroom enthusiast to understanding all there is to understand about mushrooms, followed by 1751 excellent color illustrations (colored drawings). The descriptions are short but concise, focused on the most important characterisctics of each fungus. Though the guide covers only a part of the fungal world - it would take a multi-volume encycopaedia of fungi to cover most of it - I consider it a great work that should find its way to every mushroom fan's bookshelf. However, people who consider microscopic characters indispensable should know that this book does not offer any such information.
NOTE: As some reviews seem to refer to a different book, which -as it seems- is not as good as this one, I wish to make clear that my review is for the book that has 1751 colored drawings of mushrooms (not photographs). I don't know how this book got mixed up with that other one, but if you're thinking of ordering, make sure you get the 1751-colored-drawing book. I also think it's unfair that, due to this strange mix-up, this book got some bad reviews and low voting.
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Initial post: 15 Jan 2009 21:27:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jan 2009 21:27:38 GMT
Mike Stokes says:
The above review covers the hardback edition of the book and not the paperback which I own (and like very much) and has photographs of 414 species of mushroom and not coloured drawings of 1751 species. The paperback has 3 Amanita Muscarias on the cover. The above review is therefore not really relevant.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2009 17:14:35 BDT
Mr. D. J. Jewsbury says:
I think the review may refer to the more comprehensive, Courtecuisse & Duhem, which does have exactly 1751 drawings.
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