London: Metheun & Co., Ltd. 1949. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's pictorial paper-covered boards, original pictorial dust jacket, illustrated endpapers.
The first published book on British bats, with observations on the natural history and habits of 12 species: "The Harewood Forest bats lived in a hole in a beech tree. From this hole I took a male and a female. The female escaped almost at once. The male I took home with me, but it escaped during the night. This bat was active, quarrelsome and noisy." Illustrated with four color plates and numerous black-and-white line drawings in the text by esteemed British wildlife artist Ennion. Number 2 in Methuen's series of Field Study Books, which "discuss countryside problems from the intimate angle of the expert; and yet contrive to do this in a way that is neither tedious nor difficult to understand" (from the dust jacket). Other titles in the series include The Lapwing, Country Cottages, and Archaeological Remains. Small abrasion near base of spine; spine of unclipped dust jacket slightly toned, with some chipping to spine-ends. Very good. Item #161