Phoenix House Ltd. 1953. First edition. Newman, L. Hugh. Condition: very good. Water marks on cover and spine. Faded spine. Foxing on some pages. No inscriptions. Contains black and white photographs.
"All my life I have been surrounded by butterflies or talk of butterflies. I was born in my father's Butterfly Farm in the village of Old Bexley in Kent, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book. When I was sent to boarding school at the age of eight I did not leave the butterflies behind me, for my headmaster, the Rev. Harold Hibbert Herbert Hockey, was a keen collector; in fact my fees were paid partly in kind from my father's extensive stock - surely a unique arrangement!
When my father wrote to me his letters contained little but butterfly news, tales of sensational captures of devastating losses amongst the livestock. The summer holidays which I shared with him were invariably spent collecting in the finest butterfly country in southern England, on the chalk downs overlooking the sea or in sunny woodland glades and rides. Now, in middle age, butterflies are still my chief concern, writing and broadcasting about them but, above all else, breeding them on my Butterfly Farm" - first chapter