The Weald - S. W. (Sidney William) Wooldridge & Frederick GoldringLondon: Collins, 1966, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Previous owners' name and date to the first blank. The contents complete, clean and tight otherwise.
4th impression, first edition 1953. Contains: Colour photographs (8); Black & white drawings (25); Diagrams; Maps; Number 26 in the series.
From the cover: “The Weald is the home of British natural history. We make this statement deliberately, for we believe it to be true in both an historical and a present sense. Many believe that it was no accident that the Hampshire parish of Selborne, which though at the edge of the Weald is of the very essence of it, should have inspired the great Gilbert White to make his researches and observations on the natural history of Selborne. The Weald is classic ground. It was here that Mantell unearthed the bones of those giant reptiles which seized the public’s imagination more than a century ago. It is here that was born the science of geomorphology, from the observation of the erosive action of rivers. Here were early and classic soil studies, here important and fundamental work on the communities of our British plants.
The Weald occupies the greater part of the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex, with a fringe of Hampshire. It has a marked community of its own, yet within the rim of chalk downs that forms its natural boundary is a remarkable diversity from sandy heathlands to rich loams, from waterless chalklands to tidal marshes. It is, moreover, still one of the most intensively wooded regions of the British Isles. Though relatively densely populated, the Weald preserves many of its natural beauties. It is a benign place, a country of rolling downs, quiet woods and green fields. Nearly every phase of our country’s civilisation has had some important part of its history, and Professor Wooldridge is as fascinating when he deals with the relatively short (in the geological sense) period of human use and occupation as when he writes of the curious and interesting long-term movements of the water partings. He is now Professor of Geography at King’s College, London. In this book his eye for country is felicitously supported by Mr. Goldring’s charming and beautiful photographs, and by his vast local knowledge.
In the New Naturalist project an important place is reserved for the regional volume, especially when that region has been the subject of a lifetime’s research and exploration by a master. Without neglecting his opportunities of pointing paths for future research, Professor Wooldridge has made a synthesis of Nature in one of the gardens of England.”