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Re: Book Reviews

Postby david dell » Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:00 pm

Because of the high value of many mycology books we do not take them into the field.We carry David Pegler(Kingfisher) plus Edward Gartweidner and the inevitable first edition of Roger Phillips in the car.Should any query arise and not found in these books its time for photos on the Ixus 70 to continue the research at home,in case a second trip is called for!
You will find that in the Swiss Books -that for some species they point out how few herbarium specimens were available!
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Re: Book Reviews

Postby Neil » Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:08 am

Hi David,
I'm going to make a few suggestions - hope you do not mind.
I think the Kingfisher book, although good for a beginner, is too basic for an organised foray. It is well laid out, easy to follow, and does perfectly what I believe it is designed to do, but it is now 'past its sale by date'.

If you wear a wax-cotton jacket in the field (ignoring the fact they usually get your hands and paperwork dirty) they should have nice big pockets, so I strongly recommend the new Collins guide to British Mushrooms & Toadstools. It just about qualifies as a field/pocket guide but is crammed full with not just lots of fungi, but also habitats, lichens, trees and much more.
Its downside is lack of gill/underside photos, but where absolutely necessary they do include photos.
Some people also criticize lack of microscopic details, but this is not designed for critical ID at home with the microscope.

It is time to dump your old (but excellent) Phillips first edition (Pan) and get his latest (disappointing) book, but at the very least you must include MJs latest book/encyclopedia, to keep in the car/home.
I'm not familiar with this Edward Gartweidner - can you/someone enlighten me please ?
One final point, I always make myself a clear plastic protector to place over the cover of any new field guide and place duck tape over the edges. In the field, they can quickly become dirty or have the corners turned over (and if you don't get your hands dirty, you ain't foraying mate !)

Neil Mahler.
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Re: Book Reviews

Postby Leif Goodwin » Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:55 am

Why is the second edition of Phillips disappointing? Seems good to me, apart from the fact that he changed the ordering. Fnarr fnarr.

I have a large number of popular works, most picked up for a song from bargain bookshops, including the Gartweidner book. My favourite general work is the Collins Guide by Buczacki. The pictures are not ideal, but it is compact and concise for field use.
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Re: Book Reviews

Postby Neil » Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:46 am

I knew I would be ticked off. :D I find with the 'new' Phillips, I simply do not like the lay out - I am always struggling to find the right photo referred to in the text and having tiny letters in the corner of the photo doesn't really help.
I managed to find the Gartweidner book - lots of flash photos.

Neil.
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Re: Book Reviews

Postby Leif Goodwin » Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:02 am

Neil wrote:I find with the 'new' Phillips, I simply do not like the lay out - I am always struggling to find the right photo referred to in the text and having tiny letters in the corner of the photo doesn't really help.


I see what you mean, Yes, that is annoying.
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Re: Book Reviews

Postby david dell » Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:31 pm

Last organised foray I went on was some 7 years ago and travelled about 200 yards in the first hour.The previous one was not much better as the leader seemed to have picked the area from a map.without doing a "recce"!
We have some 50 books by various writers or editors,which are used on the difficult ones.Stand up anyone who knows where to find a decent write up of Amanita verna with picture --in a field guide!
Did look on the net but they look rather too like "white" phalloides for our taste.
Must pick up some chemicals from Michael for this autumn season to whittle out the odd local amanitas.
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Re: Book Reviews

Postby david dell » Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:30 am

Have compiled list of what we have here,accumulated over the years.

Fungi Library

Arora Mushrooms Demystified Ameican
Bon The Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and N.W Europe
Breitenbach and Kranzlin Volumes 1 to 5
Buczacki Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Europe Collins
Clark A Fungus Flora of Warwickshire
Coker The Club and Coral Mushrooms(Clavarias) of the U.S.A. and Canada
Coker and Couch The Gasteromycetes of the Eastern U.S.A and Canada
Courtecuisse and Duhem MUSHROOMS AND TOADSTOOLS
Of Britain and Europe Collins
Dennis Fungi of South East England
Dennis British Cup Fungi 1960
Dermek Mushrooms and Other Fungi
Dickson Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Europe
Dickson and Leonard Fungi of the New Forest
Ellis amd Ellis Fungi without Gills 1990
Evans and Kibby Fungi
Garnweidner MUSHROOMS AND TOADSTOOLS of Britain and Europe
Gruinert Field guide to MUSHROOMS of Britain and Europe
Harding Lyon Tomblin How to Identify Edible Mushrooms
Harding Mushroom Hunting
Harding Collins Gem MUSHROOMS
Ing 1982 Provisiona Atlas of the Myxomycetes of the British isles
Jordan Peter Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of Britain and Europe
Jordan The Encyclopedia of FUNGI of Britain and Europe 1995 2004
Keizer The Complete Encyclopedia of Mushrooms
Laessoe and Del Conte The Mushroom Book
Laessoe MUSHROOMS Visual guide
Lamaison and Polese The Great Encyclopedia of Mushrooms
Massee British Fungi and Lichens
McIlvane and MACADAM One Thousand American Fungi
McKnight and McKnight MUSHROOMS of North America Peterson
Nonis Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Europe
Pegler Mushrooms and Toadstools Mitchell Beazley
Pegler Kingfisher
Pegler and Spooner MUSHROOMS
Pegler Roberts Spooner British Chanterelles and Tooth Fungi
Pegler Lassoe Spooner British Puffballs Earthstars and Stinkhorns
Phillips Mushrooms 1981 and 2006
Phillips The Photographic Guide to Common and Important MUSHROOMS
Ramsbottom A Handbook of the Larger British Fungi 1928
Ramsbottom 1953 Mushrooms and Toadstools The New Naturalist
Rayner Keys to the British Species of RUSSULA
Spooner Mushrooms and Toadstools Collins
Sterry A Photographic Guide to MUSHROOMS of Britain and Europe
Sverek Field guide to MUSHROOMS
Wakefield Common British Fungi Postwar undated

ODDS
BBONT 1988 Warburg Reserve Species Handbook
BMS British County Foray Lists 1989
Cortinarius Flora Photographica “ parts only ?
Demoulin and Marriot Key to the Gastromycetes of Great Britain
Marriot Guide for the Beginner
Marriot Guide for recording Fungi
Orton Pluteaceae & Vovariella
Pendleside Books Mycology and Cryptograms Source of Books
Rayner and Brand A Tabulation of the Genera of Agaricales etc
Watling Boletaceae Gomphidiaceae Paxillaceae 1970
Watling and Gregory plus Orton Cortinariaceae p.p.


When we started out we were advised by Dr Richard Fortey,who took us on Forays around Fleet Pond, to acquire more reference books to help us on our way!

DHD and JMD 9th April 2010 now some 60 publications
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Re: Book Reviews

Postby Mark Hampton » Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:11 pm

When I do go out in the field, the 2 books I take with me are the Courtecuisse and Duhem book - shame this isn't in print anymore. Plus I also take the newer Phillips book with me - the older edition is a bit too tatty to take out now!

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