A Man Deep in Mendip: The Caving Diaries of Harry Savory 1910-1921

A Man Deep in Mendip: The Caving Diaries of Harry Savory 1910-1921

by Harry Savory, John Savory

Hardcover(1st Edition)



Harry Savory is considered by many to be the finest photographer to have taken his camera underground.

Here are almost 100 of Savory’s superb photographs, taken between 1910 and 1928—most of them previously unpublished—capturing in fine detail the extraordinary formations in the caves and the character of life above ground during the period.

The caving diaries vividly recall the hardships of early exploration, as cavers found their way through intricate systems with only candles for light. Savory’s pictures show many beautiful formations that have long since been destroyed or discolored.

Also included are plans of the caves and drawings Savory commissioned from his artist friend John Hassall. An informative introduction and commentary by Harry Savory’s son John provide the biographical background to the diaries, and Chris Howes’ preface sets Savory’s work in its historical and technical contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809316236
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 02/01/1990
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 9.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

John Savory actively participated in cave exploration with the Mendip Nature Research Committee and is editor of George Lodge: Artist Naturalist.

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