- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: David & Charles; First Edition edition (29 Sept. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0715301292
- ISBN-13: 978-0715301296
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 23.5 x 28.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Encyclopedia of Fungi of Britain and Europe Hardcover – 29 Sep 1995
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The Encyclopedia of Fungi is far too large to take into the field, so you have to decide whether to make notes, to take photographs, or to collect specimens to bring back to the book.
Jordan hesitates to give us English names; they are displayed only for species with well-established names, in small type below the Latin name of the species' family.
The fungi are arranged in systematic order, with full taxonomic details: e.g. Agaricomycetidae, Agaricales, Pluteaceae left, centre and right of the page header; but there are no English names of groups.
A double-page spread takes up 42 x 27 centimetres of your desk, and displays an impressive 6 species - often of the same genus - at once.
The descriptions are precise and not too densely technical.
Attributes listed are dimensions, cap, gills, spores, stem, odour, taste, chemical tests and occurrence. Edibility is noted with a brief description and a symbol.
Every species is illustrated with just a single colour photograph taken in the field - a bold decision. Specimens are mostly mature, upright and whole, though often as well one specimen has been uprooted and laid down so its bulb (volva) and gills can be seen. This has the advantage that you see the species in its habitat, and the serious disadvantage that there are no cut sections to show how the gills are attached, nor the curvature of the cap. You also don't get to see the cap from directly overhead, whereas you often do in Phillips.Read more ›
What I don't like much is the poor quality of the photos. They appear quite blurry and have too much contrast to compensate the blur. Parts of the mushroom that in reality are grey look white on paper. Overall, I am disappointed in the quality of the photos.
Another thing I don't like much is that the similar species are missing from descriptions. One of the most important thing in collecting the mushrooms is to identify the right one among other species that could be very similar. The subtle differences between species is the key to a positive identification, but this book does not include any comparison. Also, the descriptions are not complete. They include all important details, but it would have been great to have even more details.
Don't get me wrong, it's a valuable book, but I've seen better in terms of descriptions and pictures.
Chris Sharpe, 3 August 2007. ISBN: 0711223793
I spent a week or so looking through the Amazon listings and reading all the reader's reviews to try and get the best guide I could. (When I say the best I mean in terms of one I could use rather then something that was too basic or so advanced I'd be lost).
With only one review of this book I was in two minds to get or not, but then decided I would give it a go.
It came today and for the past few hours I have been going through it. The photos are all by natural light where ever possible,....that means a lot when you are trying to match it up with what you have seen or have a picture of. The pictures are also good at showing the conditions they are found in. The text is excellent for each species. At the front there are various chapters on how to ID the fungi, a colour key and a ID key for all the species featured in the book.
Having purchased various guides on insects, plants and wildlife in the past few months I have to say that I cannot imagine how Michael Jordan could have improved on this excellent guide and encyclopedia. My only wish is he turns his hand at an insect guide next!!! LOL.
Michael clearly loves his subject, and that love is so apparent in this book. A classic guide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best guides I have encountered and very helpful in identifying species. The photos in the book are a good guide on how to take your own photos for identification... Read morePublished 7 months ago by dewey8
The book is extensive, and well written as well as beautifully laid out. However the images are, at best, medium quality. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Argh, people!
great book full of good information ,will really help with my course thanksPublished 19 months ago by christian griffith
If you're interested in the subject, it's one of the books to own. This book shows full colour photos of actual specimens in the field, on/in the places where they'd normally be. Read morePublished 23 months ago by D. Cheung
This is a really good companion to cross reference with Roger Phillips "Mushrooms" book. Shame it doesn't have common names.Published on 11 Mar. 2015 by Smokey Joe
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