Camping and Woodcraft: Two Volumes in One
Macmillan Company, New York, 1945.
Hardback; 120 x 175 mm; light green boards with titles in brown on spine; 405 & 479 pages. Original unclipped dust jacket.
The book itself is in good condition but as is to be expected due to age and use, the dust jacket’s condition is poor. The jacket is discoloured externally and internally, marked, and grubby with chipping, tears, and small pieces missing from the top of the spine. The binding is sound but the book is slightly cocked. The boards and spine show bumping along the bottom edge, and there is a circa 2 mm horizontal band of darkening across the bottom of the front cover and bottom of the spine. When the book is closed the leaves show tanning along all edges with some small marks near to the bottom of the fore edges. The endpapers show signs of tanning due to age. The front free endpaper is inscribed in manuscript in black ink “To George All the best Charles Xmas 1945”. There are very, very few spots of foxing here and there. There is a small tear near the gutter at page 321/322 of volume I, creases across page 405 of volume I and the fly title to volume II, and a small number of tiny dog-ears at the bottom of a few pages.
Originally published in 1906 as one volume, Camping and Woodcraft was expanded into a two-volume edition in 1916-17. Camping and Woodcraft ranks sixth among the ten best-selling sporting books of all time. A standard manual for campers and a veritable outdoor enthusiast’s bible for over four decades, this book reflects Horace Kephart’s practical knowledge and covers, in depth, any problem that campers might confront.
Kephart lived in the Great Smoky Mountains in the United States and spent most of his time in the wild. Consequently, he became an expert on all aspects of camp life from living in a semi-permanent lean-to to travelling with only the bare essentials in a backpack. More than simply a hunting or fishing guide, Kephart’s book covers a wide variety of subjects from how to dress game and fish to how to shoot accurately. Every chapter is filled with tips that remain useful even after fifty years of improvements in equipment and technology.
So this book will not only interest, but also be of practical value, to those enjoying camping and the outdoors, and those interested in practical survival techniques.