Spiders (Collins Gem) Paperback – 2 Aug 2004
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About the Author
Paul Hillyard is a leading authority on spiders and a former curator at London's Natural History Museum. His previous books include "Spiders" and "The Book of the Spider: From Arachnophobia to the Love of Spiders." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I was really disappointed with it, as although the book is pocket size & easy to slip into a rucksack to take on a walk, unfortunately, it is DIFFICULT TO USE. It's the categorisation that makes it so UN-useable: spiders from all over the world (from the same families but) that look very different are listed together, & there is no quick reference to help you pick out the European from the rest of the world. Also British spiders are not specifically categorised. Most disappointingly, many of the pictures are very poor: indistinct & blurred, & their tiny size acerbates the problem. I have yet to locate a spider in the book that I've seen in real life, apart from a very poisonous Australian one that I saw many years ago!
I was particularly disappointed as I have other Pocket Gems that are much more practical to use: such as the one on Mushrooms, which is clearly categorised & has excellent pictures.
My disappointment is so great that this is the 1st book that I've felt strongly enough about to consider returning, & the 1st time I've written a review (since there are no others to warn people).
On the plus side: it does seem to contain many of the world's spiders!
I think this is an excellent little book and I managed to easily identify the spiders that I took photos of. The pictures are all very clear and the descriptions of each spider are very well written too.
Full marks to Collins for this series of 'Gem' books.
A good little book that tells you enough about the spiders, and which countries you find them in. 10/10
Great book to take with you on your travels to identify wild spiders. You can't go wrong with a Collins gem in your pocket.
Lots of species covered with photographs and information, including toxicity of venom.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book is very very small. So if you eye sight is not good then don't buy.Published 3 months ago by tintin2015
Interesting to see all different types of spiders in the worldPublished 6 months ago by miss stephanie paul
Delightful publication I bought for some children to teach them not to be afraid but admire their diversityPublished 9 months ago by B. J. Grant
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