The editor, realizing the recurrent personal need for a one volume Hudson, containing the best in his writing, has prepared this volume of selections to fill that need. Hudson, he feels, has a wider appeal than Jeffries, his contemporary, and in many respects closely paralleling his work in the interpretation and reflection of nature. Shepard, in editing and selecting, concludes that often the parts are better than the whole, and in his introduction combines biographical bits about Hudson with analysis of his work, and his own reasons for the selections made. These selections combine pure descriptive writing, with scientific bits of unusual natural history, and contemplative writing. A number of the selections come from volumes not published in this country.