(1922) 1922 2nd edition. Small 8vo (135 x 195mm). Pp160. Not illustrated. Two-tone green cloth, upper board and spine titled in black.
Observations of natural history, anonymously written but with a foreword by H.J. Massingham. "Some readers may think that he has an old-fashioned way with him, but that impression assumes an unquestioned virtue in up-to-dateness. 'A Woodman' is not interested in the wild life of England as the carrion beetle is interested in small mammals; natural history is not for him another name for necrology, nor Nature a museum filled with the dead. He does not believe in the theory which says, Destory the living in order that you may increase your knowledge about life; and to that extent he would be completely despised by the funereal pedants who pore over dead things, find out some insignificant difference between one dead thing and another and the proclaim themselves as scientific modernists with a title to fame. Readers will find much more kinship in this book to dead men who studied life, like Edward Jesse and Thomas Miller, than to living men who study death. 'A Woodman' is an heir of this tradition, which sought in Nature not so much a philosophy as a refreshment, a consolation, a reflection of spiritual forces and to some extent a school of conduct. They studied 'the works of God in the creation,' as Gilbert White said, and this is the method of 'A Woodman'. You feel that he is one of Nature's friends, partly because he is one of her children himself who knows and lives with the beasts of the earth, as the museum expert lives with their carcases and knows their bastard Latin names. He tells a homely tale of bird, beast and flower at all their private doings, but we shall be the wiser, the gentler and the happier for hearing tit." (From the foreword by H.J. Massingham). Chapters include:- How I became a naturalist; At daybreak; By the side of the River Avon; The haunt of the otter; An October morn; Forest lands; Walking through the woods; The raider; The grey hunter; The wanderers; The noctule's haunt; Nature at home; The nightingale's haunt; The invisible singer; Hedgerow life; The stillness of the night; Nature by night; A midsummer's meditation; "Rinding time"; A harvest scene; Evening; The old barn; A springtime ramble; The sentinel; In the park; The lone man's companion.