Under the title of the New Forest I have thought it best to include the whole district lying between the Southampton Water and the Avon, which, in the beginning of Edward I.'s reign, formed its boundaries. To have restricted myself to its present limits would have deprived the reader of all the scenery along the coast, and that contrast which a Forest requires to bring out all its beauties. The maps are drawn from those of the Ordnance Survey, reduced to the scale of half an inch to the mile, with the additions of the names of the woods taken from the Government Map of the Forest, and my own notes. The illustrations have been made upon the principle that they shall represent the scene as it looked at the time it was taken. Nothing has since been added, nothing left out. The views appear as they were on the day they were drawn. Two exceptions occur. The ugly modern windows of Calshot Castle, and the clock-face on the tower of the Priory Church of Christchurch, have been omitted. Further, the views have been chosen rather to show the less-known beauties of the Forest than the more-known scenes. For this reason the avenue between Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst?the village of Minestead, nestling half amongst the Forest oaks and half in its own orchards?the view from Stoney Cross, stretching over wood and vale to the Wiltshire downs, have been omitted. Every one who comes to the Forest must viii see these, and every one with the least love for Nature must feel their beauty. In their places are given the quiet scenes in the heart of the great woods, where few people have the leisure, and some not the strength to go?quiet brooks flowing down deep valleys, and woodland paths trod only by the cattle and the Forest workmen. For the same reason, sunrise, and not sunset, has been chosen for the frontispiece. To the kind help of friends I am indebted for much special aid and information?to the deputy surveyor, L. H. Cumberbatch, Esq.