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Rabbits and Their History - John Sheail

Country Book Club, 1972, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with slight heavier fading at the spine, nick at the head of the upper panel and slight creasing to the top edge. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “The rise of the wild rabbit population and its impact on farmland and natural environment is here traced for the first time. From recent research, based on a wide range of primary and secondary documentary sources, Dr Sheail describes how rabbits were introduced from Europe soon after the Norman Conquest, and for centuries were reared in rabbit warrens and killed for meat and fur. The conditions until their abandonment in the nineteenth century are fully discussed. As animals escaped, colonies of wild rabbits were established and in the eighteenth century their population rose dramatically. The rabbit as a sporting animal and the cost of poaching are also examined. By 1900 rabbits were one of the commonest mammals — the most prevalent pests. With the spread of the myxoma-tosis virus in the 1950s, man restored the rabbit population to its medieval level and the history of the rabbit came full circle.”
Size: 8¾" x 5½"
Number of Pages: 226

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