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The Natural History of Wiltshire   By: (1626-1697)

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The Natural History of Wiltshire by John Aubrey offers an insightful glimpse into the diverse and fascinating world of Wiltshire's natural wonders. Aubrey's meticulous research and passion for his subject are evident throughout this detailed exploration of the county's flora, fauna, and geological formations.

One of the book's strengths lies in its meticulous organization, presenting information in a clear and methodical manner. Aubrey begins by introducing readers to the county's topography, offering a comprehensive overview of its varied landscapes. From rolling hills to lush valleys, he paints a vivid picture of Wiltshire's natural beauty.

The book delves into the intriguing origins and geological history of the region, providing readers with a solid understanding of how Wiltshire's landscapes have evolved over time. Aubrey's attention to detail is impressive, highlighting key sites and landmarks that contribute to the county's distinct character.

Furthermore, Aubrey's descriptions of the local flora and fauna are vivid and evocative, making it easy for readers to envision the rich biodiversity that thrives within Wiltshire. He brings attention to species that are unique to the region, shedding light on their habitats, behavior, and significance within the local ecosystem.

In addition to the scientific aspects, Aubrey dives into the connections between Wiltshire's natural history and human culture. He recounts the folklore and legends associated with various landscapes, emphasizing the profound impact that the natural environment has had on the county's heritage.

One aspect that readers may find challenging is the book's dense prose. Aubrey's extensive knowledge sometimes leads to lengthy and complex passages, requiring careful reading and occasional reference to the glossary. While this may deter some casual readers, those with a keen interest in the subject matter will likely appreciate the wealth of information provided.

Overall, The Natural History of Wiltshire is an exceptional resource for anyone seeking an in-depth exploration of Wiltshire's natural wonders. Aubrey's passion for the subject shines through his meticulous research, making this book an invaluable asset for researchers, naturalists, and history enthusiasts alike.

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BY inscribing this Volume to you I am merely discharging a debt of gratitude and justice. But for you I believe it would not have been printed; for you not only advocated its publication, but have generously contributed to diminish the cost of its production to the "WILTSHIRE TOPOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY", under whose auspices it is now submitted to the public.

Though comparatively obsolete as regards its scientific, archaeological, and philosophical information, AUBREY'S "NATURAL HISTORY OF WILTSHIRE" is replete with curious and entertaining facts and suggestions, at once characterising the writer, and the age in which he lived, and illustrating the history and topography of his native county. Had this work been revised and printed by its author, as he wished and intended it to have been, it would have proved as useful and important as Plot's "Staffordshire" and "Oxfordshire"; Burton's "Leicestershire"; Morton's "Northamptonshire"; Philipott's "Kent"; or any others of its literary predecessors or contemporaries. It could not have failed to produce useful results to the county it describes; as it was calculated to promote inquiry, awaken curiosity, and plant seeds which might have produced a rich and valuable harvest of Topography... Continue reading book >>

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