The Wayside and Woodland Natural History Series started in 1895 with "Wayside and Woodland Blossoms" (by E. Step). It developed into a very famous natural history series over the next 85 years, and ncluded the famous "Birds of the British Isles" (by T.A Coward, with colour plates by Archibald Thorburn), "Butterflies and Moths" (by Richard South), "Spiders Web" (by T. Savory) and "Beetles of the British Isles" by (E.F. Linssen). A total of 34 titles are in the series, and this volume appeared in 1944. It provides a comprehensive manual for identification and study of British butterflies' caterpillars "including the eggs, chrysalids and food-plants" as well as "a special article on rearing Butterflies in Captivity". Conceived as a companion volume to "The Butterflies of the British Isles" (Richard South) in the same series, it offers a handy compilation of information for the enthusiast for British lepidoptera, in a useful 'pocket' size.
W.J. Stokoe, described as the 'compiler' of the book, was involved in the production of many of the well-known 'Observer's' series, which had started in 1937, and, being even smaller and more portable, superseded the 'Wayside & Woodland' series in the years after WWII. Little is known about his life, but his output as a compiler was impressive.
Our copy is in good condition for its age, bound in dark green pebbled cloth with gilt lettering to front and spine, and with a very good dust jacket (unclipped) which shows only minor signs of age - one whitish stain to front and some wear at the top edge and corners. The speckled page edges are slightly foxed (top edge particularly), and there is one spot on the front fep, but otherwise the interior is clean and bright, and generally firmly bound. A previous owner's name is inscribed in pencil on the front fep. Enhanced with B/W and colour illustrations, this is a comprehensive manual for any student of the subject.