Wild Life in a Southern County
First edition, in a lovely Bayntun-Riviere leather binding
First edition, hardback rebound by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath in half leather with five raised bands, gilt decoration and repeated gilt gateway motif to spine. Top edge gilt. 19 × 13cm, xii + 387pp.
Wild Life in a Southern County traces the course of a spring which rises on an Iron Age hillfort and gradually broadens into a brook, flows through a nearby village and hamlet, skirts a solitary farmhouse and its orchard, before draining into water meadows and a lake where the wildfowl nest. Immersed in the detail of this ancient landscape, its people and the habitats of its wildlife, what emerges from Jefferies' dazzling prose is his sense of perpetual wonder and the deep affection he felt for his homeland, from the clatter of a milkmaid's boots to a pike lying in ambush.
A very good copy. The spine is sun-faded and the pages have very light and infrequent foxing and tanning, the inner binding is sound and the leather is in very good shape.