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 1935. It provides a comprehensive manual for identification and study of "every family of British spiders, every species of Harvestman and False Scorpion, and the more familiar British mites".
Theodore H Savory (1896-1980) was principally known as the author of "The Art of Translation", but his passion was for arachnids and other such bugs, and he also wrote a number of books on the subject of arachnology.
Our copy is in good condition for its age, bound in bright tan pebbled cloth with gilt and black title etc, a gilt spider motif, and a black line border on the front cover, and gilt title etc on the spine. The exterior shows no signs of wear or use, having been protected by the buff-coloured (and unclipped) dust jacket which, itself, is only lightly worn, with a few tears at top & bottom (worst at top L/H front), and a general grubbiness. The paste-down picture of spiders is present on the front, and a previous owner has marked the series titles already collected, on the back. The edges of the text block are heavily foxed, and there is some foxing to the rear paste-down endpaper, but this does not migrate into the body of the book, which is generally firmly bound, with all pages clean and bright. Included is a paper note by (presumably) someone studying this fascinating subject.