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Book Title: The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady|
The author of the book: Edith Holden
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.91 MB
Edition: Arcade Pub
Date of issue: October 1st 1989
ISBN 13: 9781559700443
Read full description of the books The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady:From 1905 (my copy is a reprint from 1989, so it’s ‘handleable’, which I might not have tried with an original), this book is lovely just to thumb through, with the author’s glorious watercolors printed in full color. It’s even lovelier to read. It’s broken down by months for a calendar year. Each month includes folk-lore about the month (“If the 24th of August be fair and clear, hope for a prosperous Autumn that year.”), and her descriptions of walks she took and what she saw, as well as the watercolor illustrations on almost every page. There are even poems here and there, both the author’s and more famous offerings by Robert Browning, Tennyson, Wordsworth and others, some reprinted in her own handwriting.
"March 19th. Radiant spring morning. Walked to Baddesley Clinton by Tangle Lane, found quantities of prim-roses in blossom along the lane and on the sheltered banks of a pool. Sat on a felled beech trunk and watched the bees busy round the willow catkins, yellow with pollen; Noticed a great many hive-bees among them. Heard some turtle-doves cooing and watched a pair of mag-pies gathering sticks for their nest in the top of an oak-tree on the pool bank. Noticed the White Poplar trees in blossom."
I think what I loved the most was the glimpse into another world, one where walking in nature with a sketchbook was a worthy enough pastime to merit a book. There’s a quiet beauty in her words; one day she describes spending hours watching a pair of birds ferrying in beakfuls of caterpillars, and is finally rewarded by a glimpse of their nest, with five baby birds inside. I felt as though I were right there with her. She would have enjoyed my season raising Monarch butterflies in my back garden.
The author’s own story is fascinating, with a tragic ending:
(From the flyleaf) Edith Holden was born in Moseley in the parish of King’s Norton, Worcester, in 1871, one of seven children of a Midlands paint manufacturer. The family lived in Warwickshire in the village of Knowle and it was there that she started to write and illustrate this book. She moved later in 1905 to the small village of Olton where she wrote Nature Notes 1906, published as The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. After attending art school, she worked as an illustrator, with her drawings (often of animals) being published in several books.
In 1911 she met and married Ernest Smith, a sculptor. They lived in Chelsea and had no children. On 16 March 1920, in her forty-ninth year, Edith died tragically by drowning in the Thames at Kew, while gathering buds from a chestnut tree.”
Read information about the authorEdith Blackwell Holden (September 26, 1871 – March 16, 1920) was born at Kings Norton, Worcester, in 1871, one of seven children of a Midlands paint manufacturer. The family lived in the small village of Olton in Warwickshire and it was there that she wrote and illustrated her book, The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady. After attending art school, she worked as an illustrator, with her drawings (often of animals) being published in several books.
She later moved to London, and in 1911 met and married Ernest Smith, a sculptor; they lived in Chelsea, and had no children. On March 16th 1920, in her 49th year, Edith died tragically by drowning in the Thames at Kew, while gathering buds from chestnut trees.
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