Excerpt from Spiders: Christ's College Zoologists to the Royal Agricultural Society The modest dimensions of this book are perhaps sufficient indication that it is t intended as an aid to the collector. There are about five hundred and fifty kwn species of spiders in the United Kingdom alone, and at least an equal number of pages would be needed to describe them. Our concern is with the habits and modes of life of spiders - especially of such as are most frequently met with and most easily recognised, and the reader, especially if he is fortunate eugh to spend an occasional holiday in southern Europe, will find little in the following pages which he cant verify - or disprove - by his own observations. Indeed the hope that some of his readers may be induced to investigate on their own account has actuated the writer throughout, and has led him to lay considerable stress upon the methods of research and the ingeniously devised experiments by means of which whatever kwledge we possess has been obtained. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.