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Publications: booklets

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Richard Jefferies: a spirit illumined

Various contributions in poetry and prose written in memory of Richard Jefferies one hundred years after his death.  There are sixteen articles and poems.


Published in 1987 by The Richard Jefferies Society. 

60 page pamphlet with black and white illustrations.

Price:  £1.  Postage (UK):  £1


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The Jefferies Canon

The Jefferies Canon

By W J Keith


Notes on essays attributed to Richard Jefferies without full documentary evidence.


Published in 1995 by Petton Books.

ISBN:  978-0-9522813-0-9

Pamphlet, 40 pages

Limited stock


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Essay on Instinct

The Richard Jefferies Society published a previously unseen essay by Richard Jefferies on 14 August 2012 that exists in manuscript form only at the British Library. The BL granted permission to print the article.  

Entitled ‘Essay on Instinct’ and written in 1868, Jefferies dismisses the theory that animals only rely on instinct for their behaviour. He attributes rational thinking and learning too. For the time, his views were forward-thinking.

       Rebecca Welshman provides a brief background history to the subject. The article is published as a soft-back booklet  – 36 pages – and is available for £2.00 plus UK postage: 50p or overseas (surface mail): £2.00. ISBN: 978-0-9563751-4-8


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A Natural System of National Defence

In the summer of 1871 the Swindon Advertiser published a series of three articles by Richard Jefferies under the title ‘A Natural System of National Defence'. 

These early articles reflect Jefferies' ideas for setting up a home guard in England. 

The articles were published on 14th August 2014 in a booklet by the Richard Jefferies Society priced at £3 including postage. This can be purchased using the button below