Considered a foundational text for outdoor enthusiasts since its original publication in two volumes in 1916-1917, Camping and Woodcraft has gone on to be printed again and again. This 1921 edition is the first time it appears with both volumes combined into one. Many of the subsequent reprintings copy this format.
Regarding content, Volume I on Camping is a detailed breakdown on equipment and camping technique. It includes the setting up of gear and outfit: tents, camp equipment, bedding, clothing, how to make your camp, campfire making, how to dress game and fish, and many old-time recipes for campfire cooking. Volume II on Woodcraft is more focused on advice for navigating the woods and wilderness: nature lore, navigation skills, dealing with biting and stinging pests, emergencies, knots, and other necessary skills.
- Title: Camping and Woodcraft: A Handbook for Vacation Campers and for Travelers in the Wilderness
- Author: Horace Kephart
- Publisher: Macmillan Company
- Place: New York
- Year: 1921
- Length: I 405pp; Vol. II 479pp
- Dimensions: 25” x 6.75” x 1.25”
- Condition: The soft leather cover—black or possibly a very dark green with gilt title on the spine—is in good condition. It is noticeably worn along the hinges and edges. There is noticeable soiling on the whole outside of the cover and the edge of the text block. The binding is tight. No pages are missing. Internally the pages are quite clean. There are no extraneous marks, but there are some small folds and tears/holes. One pencil inscription and one ink inscription sit in the front endpapers.