Dartmoor in All Its Moods - Douglas GordonE. P. Publishing, 1976, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. First in this edition. [First: John Murray, 1931] From the cover: “Dartmoor is still one of the few relatively wild and inaccessible areas left in England. When this book was written nearly half a century ago, the area was perhaps even more forbidding; yet the mists and mires so graphically described are still there to trap the unwary walker. But despite these dangers the author had a great affection for the heaths and bogs, and for the country folk of the area.
The book is not a guide book; rather does it give the reader an overall picture of the great and ever-changing moor; and its people, flora and fauna. Those hardy plants which can survive the cold, and especially the winds, of the area are carefully described. Animals and birds too must be hardy to survive the weather, and even those that do inhabit Dartmoor have a hazardous existence. The book tells us much about them: the hill foxes, vipers and badgers; the ravens and birds of prey. The legal complexities surrounding both game birds and grazing rights are explained. Interesting, and sometimes amusing, stories of the people — some of whom used to burn areas of heather on principle — are given, together with details of many local customs.
This is a book for every country lover.”