This volume is the latest in the series of regional studies issued on the occasion of meetings of the British Association. The 31 contributors, mostly staff of the University of Exeter but including seven outside experts, have provided authoritative and up-to-date accounts of the archaeology, history, economy and political structure of Devon and Exeter against the wider physical and biological background of the south-west peninsula as a whole. To this have been added chapters on the city of Exeter; its growth since 1840, its medical services, social structure and University. To add spice to the mixture, there are concluding chapters on the writers and artists of Devon and Cornwall.
Lists of suggested further reading have been appended to most chapters, and the volume is illustrated by numerous tables, plans, diagrams and plates.