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Alister Hardy THE OPEN SEA World of Plankton Hardback

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Second revised, 1962 reprint hardback of The New Naturalist Library No. 34 THE OPEN SEA: Its Natural History PART I - The World of Plankton by Sir Alister Hardy and published by Collins, London, in 1962. With 142 watercolour drawings by the author; 67 photographs in black and white by Douglas Wilson and others and 300 line drawings and maps. It was first published in 1956 and reprinted with revisions in 1958. This is a 1962 reprint.

The book is in good condition (green cloth boards and gold lettering on spine) with very slight wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped (small piece is missing at the top edge of the spine, some chipping to the top corners, a 1 centimeter closed tear to the top corner, a 1 cm closed tear at the top edge and another to the bottom edge at the back, some foxing inside the jacket which can be seen from outside). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears. The front endpaper has been signed by a group of people. There is slight foxing under the flaps and front and back endpapers and top page ends.

The New Naturalist Library No. 34 - A survey of British Natural History.

"This is the book of an enthusiast - the first of Professor Hardy's two volumes on the natural history of the Open Sea. It is with pride and pleasure that The New Naturalist presents such a masterly study of the plankton and other fundamental sea-life.

As the Editors confess in their Preface, they found this remarkable book very difficult to introduce with the ordinary scientific restraint. For they believe it to be the greatest general work on the subject ever written. Like the most distinguished marine naturalists in Britain, from Charles Darwin to Sir John Murray, Professor Hardy has been associated with the explorations of the Royal Navy's Surveying Service and with the Marine Biology Stations of our coast. Like his great predecessors, Alister Hardy is truly obsessed by the animals of the sea - devotedly enthusiastic about their descriptions, eternally curious about the nature of their adaptations and life histories, brilliantly critical in the examination of their mysteries, acutely lucid ( and at the same time highly artistic ) in his descriptions of them in his arresting plates. Indeed, Professor Hardy's colour paintings, which represent what no camera has yet been able to catch, make the perfect compliment to a unique collection of black and white photographs by that most distinguished marine biologist and skilful photographer, Douglas P. Wilson.

Plankton is to the sea what vegetation is to the land. The study of plankton is a complex discipline which few amateur naturalists have had the privilege to enjoy. Never before has such a synthesis of knowledge been attempted in a community of animals so mysterious, yet so important. Professor Hardy has grasped this problem in a new and exciting way; and at last the common reader can discern the pattern of life that dominates two-thirds of the world’s surface."

Collins New Naturalist series is the longest-running and arguably the most influential natural history series in the world with over 100 volumes published in over 60 years. Key contributors include Fraser Darling, Max Nicholson, Sir Alistair Hardy, W.G.Hoskins, Miriam Rothschild, Richard Fitter, Guy Mountfort and Niko Tinbergen making them a veritable Encylopaedia Britannica of British natural history in its broadest sense.

The New Naturalist books are a series published by Collins in the United Kingdom, on a variety of natural history topics relevant to the British Isles. The aim of the series at the start was: "To interest the general reader in the wild life of Britain by recapturing the inquiring spirit of the old naturalists." In the editors' preface to a 1952 monograph they write "An object of the New Naturalist series is the recognition of the many-sidedness of British natural history, and the encouragement of unusual and original developments of its forgotten or neglected facets."

The first to appear was E.B. Ford's Butterflies in 1945. The authors of this series are usually eminent experts, often professional scientists. This gives the series authority, and many are or have been authoritative introductory textbooks on a subject for some years. The books are written in scientific style, but are intended to be readable by the non-specialist, and are an early example of popular science in the media.

The original Editorial Board consisted of Julian Huxley, James Fisher, Dudley Stamp, John Gilmour and Eric Hosking. Many of the highly characteristic dust jacket illustrations are by Clifford and Rosemary Ellis; the latest ones are by Robert Gillmor.

Being a numbered series, with a very low print run for some volumes, they are highly collectable. Second-hand copies of the rarer volumes, in very good condition, can command high prices. In 2006, the 100th volume was produced. The series is on-going.

8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 335 pages. Black & white and colour photographs and illustrations, maps, bibliography.

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New Naturalist No. 34 - THE   OPEN SEA: Part I: The World of Plankton by Sir Alister Hardy

 


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